Open letter to leader and ministries involving in prevention of violence against women and children

Phnom Penh 15 July 2015: We all are members of the Gender and Development Network(GADNet), Committee to Promote Women in Politics (CPWP), Cambodian Men’s Network (CMN), JASS Southeast Asian (JASS SEA) in Cambodia, One Billion Rising (ORB) Cambodia and Cambodian Young Women’s Empowerment Network (CYWEN) as well as other youth groups working to promote women’s rights in Cambodia.

We wholeheartedly commend and support Samdech Kralahaom SAR KHENG for his remarks made on July 14, 2015, ordering all competent authorities to hunt and arrest Oknha Sok Bun, who committed violence against a former CTN presenter, Miss Ek Socheata, aka SASA, and warning any relevant officials, who try to block this case. At the same time, we tremendously support the firm position of the leaders of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in pushing for punishment of the above-named perpetrator according to the law in force.

 We all are strongly hopeful and convinced of the actions of Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and the position of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs seeking to hunt and arrest Oknha Sok Bun and his personal bodyguards and bring them to justice according to the law in order to find justice for the victim and set an example for those who use violence against women, including those individuals who, relying on their powers and money, abuse and violate the rights of other people, particularly women and children.

Furthermore, we are enormously confident that Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and relevant institutions will take legal actions on any case of violence against women and children to show a strong will with high attention that can contribute for reducing and stopping all forms of violence against women and children more effectively in Cambodia.   

Finally, we all would like to extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and leaders of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs for their attention and taking actions on the above-mentioned case of violence.

Please kindly accept, Samdech Kralahaom Sar Kheng and leaders of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the renewed assurance of our highest respects.

                                                                                 Made in Phnom Penh, July 15, 2015

Join statement about the brutal attack committed by tycoon , Sok Bun,and his guard against Ek Socheata (Sasa)

Phnom Penh 10 July 2015 -We all, members of the Gender and Development Network (GADNet), Cambodian Men’s Network (CMN), Southeast Asian Regional Program (JASS) in Cambodia, NGO-CEDAW and One Billion Rising Cambodia as well as other youth groups working to promote women’s rights in Cambodia, absolutely condemn the use of cruel and heinous violence with the aim of breaking up the women’s spirit and trampling over women’s dignity.

The social media and some local press organizations have lately published an outstanding case of physical violence against a woman. On July 2, 2015, Oknha Sok Bun and his personal bodyguards committed a serious and obscene physical violence against Miss Ek Socheata alias Sasa.

According to:

  1. The Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia, article 45 (paragraph 1)
  2. The Penal Code of the Kingdom of Cambodia (articles 217 and 218)
  3. The National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW)
  4. The International Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  5. The UN’s CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations (item 9) of the Cambodian 4th and 5th Combined Periodical Report on the Implementation of CEDAW

We steadfastly condemn the perpetrator and solemnly call on all relevant institutions, particularly the Phnom Penh Court of First Instance to take immediate actions to solve the abovementioned case and other cases of violence against women that have happened so far, and to further prevent/stop more cases of violence against women.

For more information, please contact:

  1. Ms. Ros Sopheap, Gender and Development Network (GADNet), 012 627 857
  2. Mr. Ou Ratanak, Youth Representative, 017 855 969/087 297 999
  3. Mr. Nen Phearith, Representative of OBR, 085 253 545
  4. Ms. Chim Chan Neang, NGO-CEDAW Coordinator, 012 668 853
  5. Ms. Chan Kunthea, JASS Regional Coordinator, 012 854 295
  6. Mr. Chhay Kimsore, CMN National Coordinator, 012 627 837  

To President of National Assembly in Cambodia, Reject Proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations and Trade Union Law

7 July 2015 – We, the undersigned organizations and individuals urge your Excellency to not pass the proposed Trade Union Law and the Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO). This process must be immediately halted until and unless genuine and inclusive consultation with civil society and trade unions can be guaranteed by the government of Cambodia.

Based on the various consultations we have had with our civil society partners in Cambodia and upon analyzing the content of those proposed laws, we find that they pose a direct threat towards the fundamental freedoms that are enshrined in various international laws and treaties including those signed and ratified by Cambodia. And hence, in solidarity with the people’s of Cambodia, we urge the National Assembly of Cambodia to not pass both laws unless there is due process and genuine consultation with the peoples of Cambodia especially with civil society and trade unions.

We find many aspects in LANGO which put unjustifiable legal restrictions on freedom of association and this will surely hinder the work of many informal associations especially people’s movements from executing their human rights and social justice advocacy. Associations and NGOs must not be stifled with such laws which will directly affect their freedom of peaceful assembly, association, expression and opinion. From the content of the proposed law, it clearly a law that seems to be for the sole intention of restricting the human rights agenda of civil society in Cambodia.

With regards to the proposed Trade Union Law, we find many aspects of the law which further suppressed trade union rights and goes against norms as set by the ILO. Cambodia which already has a bad track record on labor rights, must not digress by passing such a law.This proposed law will surely make it harder for unionizing process and also hinder the struggle for fair and just wages and also better working conditions for Cambodian workers.

Therefore, we, the undersigned organizations reaffirm our strong opposing to this draft Trade Union Law and proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations.

We the undersigned,

1. Altsean-Burma

2. Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA)

3. Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC)

4. Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL)

5. Awami workers party Pakistan

6. Center for Independent Journalism(CIJ),Malaysia

7. Committee for Asia Women (CAW)

8. Electronic industry employees union southern region,Malaysia

9. Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC)

10. Globalisation Monitor (GM),Hong Kong

11. International Campaign for Responsible Technology,USA

12. Jaringan rakyat tertindas ( JERIT),Malaysia

13. Jobs with Justice ,USA (JWJ)

14. KNIGHTS for PEACE, International

15. Konfederasi Pergerakan Rakyat Indonesia (Confederation of Indonesian People’s Movement)

16. National Free Trade Union, Sri Lanka

17. North South Institute (NSI),Malaysia

18. Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)/Socialist Party of Malaysia)

19. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita Selangor (PSWS),Malaysia

20. Progress Union,Sri Lanka

21. Sedane Labour Resource Centre(LIPS),Indonesia

22. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM),Malaysia

23. Yayasan LINTAS NUSA Batam, Indonesia

24. School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly, Treading Humbly (SALT)

25. William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Defender and Freelance Journalist, UK

26. Saadia Haq, Human rights activist and social justice blogger, Pakistan.

CC to:

1. H.E. HUN Sen, Prime Minister Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

2. H.E. ITH Sam Heng Minister of Labour and Vocational Training.

3. H.E. HENG Sour Chief of Cabinet and Director General of Labour and Vocational Training.

4. H.E. HOR Namhong, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International

Cooperation of Cambodia

5. H.E. Dr. AUN Porn Moniroth Minister of Economy and Finance.

6. H.E. SUN Chanthol Minister of Commerce.