Call for justice, lasting peace, and stability in Cambodia

Police in protective gear block human rights activists during a candlelight vigil in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, May 23, 2016. Photo by Heng Sinith / AP Photo. Photo retrieved from http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Cambodian-protest-against-arrest-of-ADHOC-members-670x419.jpg.

Police in protective gear block human rights activists during a candlelight vigil in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, May 23, 2016. Photo by Heng Sinith / AP Photo. Photo retrieved from http://cdn.inquisitr.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Cambodian-protest-against-arrest-of-ADHOC-members-670×419.jpg.

As a protest against the detention of five human rights activists last 2 May 2016 under accused bribery charges for covering up a woman’s affair with a government official, various rights groups initiated the “Black Monday” campaign urging the public to wear black T-shirt every Monday and assemble in Phnom Penh starting 9 May 2016.

As the campaign is implemented, more activists are arrested and treated with oppression

ANGOC, together with Asia Democracy Network (AND) and more than 40 CSOs/NGOs support the statement on Working Together for Justice, Lasting Peace and Stability to appeal to the Royal Government of Cambodia to:

  • promote, protect, and respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of Cambodian people enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenants to which Cambodia is a party;
  • ensure Cambodian citizens are not arrested where their actions have not contravened law and where their actions are the expression of their rights;
  • ensure there is no judicial harassment against Cambodian citizens who are working to protect people’s rights; and
  • ensure there is space for democratic participation, advancement of human rights and development processes.

Links:

http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/whats-behind-cambodias-black-monday-campaign/

http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/flashnews.php?perm=175&english

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/black-mondays-continue-05162016173313.html

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodian-authorities-arrest-seven-black-monday-protesters-06062016161232.html

http://www.inquisitr.com/3168989/cambodian-government-makes-life-difficult-for-opposition-party-and-protesters/

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About ANGOC

A regional NGO association with members and partners from 14 Asian countries working on access to land, agrarian reforms & rural develop

Posted on July 18, 2016, in Cambodia, human rights. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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