Today was the first CGPA event in Kampong Chhnang and representatives from both the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) and FUNCIPEC (The Royalist Party) have shown up. The representatives have been extremely attentive in listening to the issues and solutions presented by the Cambodian Cross-Sector Network. For that we thank them.

However, no officials from the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) deigned to show up. Take that as you will.


Press Release for June 12, 2013

For Immediate Release: The Cambodian Grassroots People’s Assembly (CGPA) is set to take place in Kampong Chhnang, on June 13 2013. The all-day event will take place at the Football court next to the Kampong Chhnang Provincial Office in Kampong Chhnang town. The CGPAs are organized by grassroots cross-sector network. It will provide politicians and others a chance to hear the issues faced by the communities and  their demands that serve as recommendations for policy making process. Over 700 people are expected to attend the assembly on Thursday in Kg Chnang.

The issues faced across the Northern region of Cambodia include those related to land and economic land concessions, particularly the concession given to the PheapiMex company. Another important issue faced by fishery communities is the absence of local authority control over illegal fishing and illegal fishing lot, which endanger the peoples’ livelihood. The community also raised the need for accessible and equitable healthcare.  Meanwhile, those who work at formal sector such as teachers, are underpaid and deprived from their basic rights as workers.

Pheapimex enjoys a privilege of ELC as the company is awarded a concession over 315,028 hectares of land, approximately 171,824 hectares in Kg.Chhnang and 143,204 hectares in Pursat province. Thousands of families in five districts in Kg. Chhnang and three districts in Pursat affected from their farmland and livelihood territory. The rapid conversion of forest and land into private property of companies and individuals cost people their livelihood. Most of Kg Chnang population livelihood depends on non-timber forest product. The Royal Government of Cambodia has not come up with significant policies to improve the situation despite the fact that the size of land given through ELC is unconstitutional.  Communities in Kg. Chhnang and Pursat have borne the social cost of ELC since 2004. The Phnom Kuk community networks demand the cancellation of ELC. They demand the government to exercise social land concession for the people, and protection of the forests. “We want to reclaim our land,” said Pehn Ath, Representative from Phnom Kuk Network], “and protection of our forests. The ELC awarded to Pheapimex is larger than legally allowed and it compromised our livelihood.”

Communities around Tonle Sap Lake have been suffering due to the practice of large-scale illegal fishing using heavy and illegal instruments, which marginalizes small-scale fishermen. The practice of illegal fishing continues to happen despite the Prime Minister calling to end this practice. The communities question the role of local authority in protecting the small-scale fishermen. The communities demand for the rights to practice community patrol to guard the lake. They also demand RGC to take effective action to end the illegal fishing.

“Fishing has long been a traditional source of income for those who live around Tonle Sap Lake. Today our demand goes beyond the protection our livelihood. We also need to protect the lake and its substance for our lives. Illegal fishing does not simply impact those who earn their livelihood from the lake legitimately, but it also affects the people in the entire Kingdom whose livelihood sustainability depends on the fish from the lake,” said Sim Sopahna, representative of Tonle Sap Fishery Community. “Fish is a renewable resource, yet, the large scale of illegal fishing has disrupted the fish breeding and overall ecosystem that it takes long time to recover the fish stocks .”  

Teachers across Northern Cambodia also face numerous issues such as low wages, the absence of freedom of association for civil servant and rights to collective bargaining. Thus, CICA fights for higher wages for all teachers, the rights to unionize and law to protect teachers rights to collective bargaining.

“Teachers shape the future generations. They are crafting Cambodia’s future, yet we undervalue them that we are throwing our future away, simply because we don’t want to provide teachers with a decent salary. In protecting teachers’ right to collective bargaining, we’re demonstrating to ourselves and our children the value of education. If the government is really committed to developing the nation, then it needs to be committed to teachers,” said Horm Kea Heng, representative from CICA.

The prominent role of private sectors and individual within the frame of economic land concession and illegal fishing has dispossessed people from their land and other means of livelihood. The case of Pheapimex investment shows the situation where the State, through its local authority and ELC policy, plays a role as an agent in facilitating the private sector. The ignorance of local authority on the practice of illegal fishing has raised a concern on the government commitment to protect the livelihood of people. ELC and other policies on trade and investment have compromised people livelihood and human rights.

CGPA organized in the Northern region involves Phnom Kuk Network, Tonle Sap Fisheries Network, Farmers Nature Network (FNN), the Independent Democracy for Informal Economic Association (IDEA), the Cambodian Independent Civil-Servant Association (CICA) and others. Each group will air their grievances and demands as well as recommend the solution to all issues to MP candidates and MPs invited to the assembly. The Cambodian Cross-Sector Network, the grassroots organizations, individuals, civil-society organizations and others participating in CGPA are committed to working with representatives of all political parties on concrete, sustainable and equitable action that benefits everyone in Cambodia. By holding these peaceful assemblies, those involved want to do more than educate but get the RGC to take concrete, sustainable and equitable action.

Parties told to see life at the grassroots level

* This article is originally from the Phnom Penh Post by May Titthara and Sean Teehan:

A collective of citizens who say the government ignores their concerns has invited the Kingdom’s three largest parties to participate in public assemblies in three different provinces this month.

Members of the Cambodian Grassroots People’s Assembly made the announcement to about 40 people at a press conference yesterday at Meta House in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmon district.

“Should these peaceful events be prevented from occurring or the politicians choose not to attend, then Cambodians will once again have demonstrable proof that their representatives are anything but,” a statement from the group said.

At the conference, Grassroots members called on politicians from the Cambodian People’s Party, Cambodia National Rescue Party and Funcinpec to attend the assemblies scheduled to take place in Kampong Ch­hnang on Thursday, Preah Sihanouk on June 16 and Siem Reap on June 24.

The Cambodian constitution states that the government will hold a forum once a year to hear citizens’ grievances and seek solutions, said Chan Soveth, a senior investigator at rights group Adhoc. However, this is something that has not been adhered to.

Several members of the Grassroots People’s Assembly – which formed in 2010 and represents causes from fishery protection to LGBT rights – expressed disillusionment with the government yesterday, noting that a petition they filed seven months ago remains unanswered.

The petition demanded the National Assembly place more protections for citizens in the land, foreign security, trade, human rights and labour sectors.

“We stopped believing in the government,” said Chea Spoherk, a board member for the Farmer Nature Network. “We’ve lost our confidence in the government.”

Citizens continue to struggle with issues on which the government has already acted, said Koem Rady of the Workers Information Center.

For instance, workers in Cambodia’s booming garment industry saw their minimum monthly wage rise from $61 to $75 last month, but they still struggle to pay their bills, Rady said. “Even though our pay increased, our rent and utilities also increased.”

Yem Pech, a forestry advocate representing the Phnom Kuk Network in Kampong Chhnang, said the government promised to return 500 hectares of forest land set aside for development back to villagers, but had not made good on their promise yet.

Grassroots members are expecting a hefty turnout to each of the assemblies, with a predicted 800 coming out to Kampong Chhnang, and more than 1,000 expected at the other two events, said Ly Pisey, of Social Action for Change.

The Grassroots group does not support any one particular party, Pisey said.

But if officials do not show up at the assemblies, the group will send another petition listing their demands to the government.

សមាជររជាជនអាស៊ាន សសចក្តីថ្លលងការណ៍ររស់ររជាជន ថ្លៃររហសបត្តិ ទី១៥ ថ្ែវិចឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១២

ថ្លៃររហសបត្តិ ទី១៥ ថ្ែវិចឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១២
រួក្ស ើង ក្នុងនាមសមាជររជាជនអាស៊ានរួមមាន ក្សិក្រ អនក្សនសទ សក្មមជនថ្ររស ើ សក្មមជន ដីធ្លី ជនជាត្ិសដើមភាគត្ិច សក្មមជនការងារ អនក្ររក្ររររផ្លូវសេទ សក្មមជន ុវជន សក្មមជនររឆ្ាំង នឹងការរសណតញសចញ សក្មមជនររឆ្ាំងនឹងមូលធ្ននិ ម សក្មមជនអនក្ស្សលាញ់សេទដូចគ្នន និងមិនដូចគ្នន សក្មមជនរងសរគ្នោះសោ គសរមាងទាំនរ់វារីអគគិសនី អនក្សិលបៈ និងអនក្ចសរមៀង ររមទាំងរណ្តតញ និង រណ្តត មិត្តេ័ក្តិក្នុងត្ាំរន់។ សមាជររជាជនអាស៊ានមានសគ្នលជាំហរមិនសធ្វើការររឆ្ាំង រោាេិបាលសឡើ ។ រួក្ស ើង គឺជាររជាជនថ្ដលស្សឡាញ់សនតិភារ និងសគ្នររសលើសគ្នលការណ៍ អហឹងាសក្មម។ រួក្ស ើងសជឿជាក្់សៅ សលើសិទិធមនុសស និងភារថ្លលលនូរររស់មនុសស ថ្ដលជាសហត្ុនាាំសអា រួក្ស ើងសសរមចចិត្តសរៀរចាំសមាជ ររជាជនអាស៊ានសនោះសឡើង។
សមាជររស់រួក្ស ើង ជាសរលសវលាសដើមបីសធ្វើការសលើក្សឡើងនូវសសមលងររស់ររជាជន និងរញ្ហាររស់ រួក្ស ើងសៅដល់រាជរោាេិបាលថ្នររោះរាជាណ្តចរក្ក្មពុជា ររមុែរដាអាស៊ាន និងរណ្តតអនក្ដឹក្នាាំក្ាំរូលៗ អនតរជាត្ិសផ្សងសទៀត្សៅក្នុងជាំនួរក្ាំរូលអាស៊ានសលើក្ទី២១សនោះ ថ្ដលនឹងររររឹត្តសៅរីថ្លៃទី១៨ ដល់ថ្លៃទី២០ ថ្ែវិចឆិកា ឆ្នាំ២០១២។
សមាជររជាជនអាស៊ានគឺជាររឹត្តការណ៍រួនថ្លៃ សដើមបីសធ្វើការររមូលផ្តុាំ សមគគីគ្ននក្នុងការត្ស៊ាូទមទរ សអា មានភារ ុត្តិធ្ម៌សៅក្នុងសងគម និងសធ្វើសអា ការរស់សៅររស់រួក្ស ើង និងសងគមសរមារ់ទាំងអស់ គ្នន។ រួក្ស ើងរួររួមគ្ននសដើមបីសធ្វើការថ្ចក្រាំថ្លក្រញ្ហាររស់រួក្ស ើង និងសធ្វើការរងាាញរីដាំសណ្តោះស្ស មួ ចាំនួន។ រួក្ស ើងដឹងថា សៅសរលថ្ដលររជាជន និងរោាេិបាលសធ្វើការរួមគ្នន រួក្ស ើងអាចថ្សវងរក្ ដាំសណ្តោះស្ស បានយ៉ាងលអ។ ទាំងសនោះ គឺជាសគ្នលរាំណងថ្នសមាជររជាជន។
នាថ្លៃទី១ថ្នររឹត្តិការណ៍សមាជររជាជនអាស៊ាន រួក្ស ើងបានទទួលរទរិសសធ្ន៍ជុាំវិញការរឹត្ត្បិត្ សិទធិក្នុងការររមូលផ្តុាំររស់រួក្ស ើង។ ការរឹត្ត្បិត្សនោះសៅថ្ត្រនត នាថ្លៃទី២ សៅក្នុងសិកាាសលា
សផ្សងគ្នន ថ្ដលជាទីក្ថ្នលងថ្ដលរួក្ស ើងសធ្វើការសលើក្សឡើងរីរញ្ហាររស់រួក្ស ើងទាំងអស់គ្នន សដើមបីសធ្វើការសរៀរចាំ សសចក្តីថ្លលងការណ៍រួម ក្៏រ៉ាុថ្នតរួក្ស ើងបានជួររទរិសសធ្ន៍មតងសទៀត្ គឺការររ មនឹងការោក្់សមាពធ្សៅ សិទធិជាមូលោានររស់រួក្ស ើង សិទធិក្នុងការររមូលផ្តុាំ និងជួរជុាំគ្នន។ ក្៏រ៉ាុថ្នត រួក្ស ើង មក្ជួរជុាំគ្ននសៅថ្លៃសនោះ រួក្ស ើងចង់សធ្វើការរងាាញរីសថនភាររស់សៅររចាំថ្លៃជាក្់ថ្សតង និងក្មាលាំងថ្នភារសជឿជាក្់ និងក្តីស្សថ្ម សៅសលើអនាគត្ថ្នររសទសក្មពុជា និងសៅក្នុងអាស៊ាន។
អនក្ដឹក្នាាំ៖ រួក្ស ើងក្ាំរុងថ្ត្និយ របារ់សៅដល់អស់សលាក្-សលាក្ស្សី! សូមសតរ់សសមលង ររស់រួក្ស ើង! សូមសតរ់រីរញ្ហាររស់រួក្ស ើង!
រួក្ស ើងមិនថ្មនជាថ្ផ្នក្ថ្នរញ្ហាសទ រួក្ស ើងជាររជាជនទាំងអស់ ជាថ្ផ្នក្មួ ថ្នដាំសណ្តោះស្ស ។ សតរ់សសមលងររស់រួក្ស ើង រួក្ស ើងនិយ សៅកាន់អស់សលាក្អនក្ដឹក្នាាំ។
១. វិស័ ការងារ (ក្មមក្រ-ក្មាមការិនីសរាងចរក្កាត្់សដរ ក្មមក្រ-ក្មមការិនីសសដាក្ិចចសរៅរររ័នធ ក្មមក្រ-ក្មមការិនីចាំណ្តក្ស្សុក្)

  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា មានការអនុវត្តចារ់ការងារសៅក្មពុជា។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសិទធិក្នុងការររមូលផ្តុាំ និងជួរជុាំសោ សនតិវិធ្ី។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទររបាក្់ នួលសមរមយសាំរារ់ក្មមក្រ និងមន្តនតីរាជការ ថ្ដលរត្ូវផ្លលស់រតូរជាររចាំសៅតាមអត្ិផ្រណ្តទីផ្ារ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា សសវាសធារណៈមានររសិទិធភារ និងមានត្មាលភារសៅក្មពុជា។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា និសយជក្ រញ្ឈរ់ការសររើរបាស់ក្ិចចសនាមានសលរសវលាក្ាំណត្់ (ក្ិចចសនាែលី) សៅក្នុងវិស័ កាត្់សដរ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា ការវិនិសយគ ថ្ដលរងកឲ្យក្មមក្រសសដាក្ិចចសរៅរររ័នា អាចររក្ររររចិញ្ចឹមជីវិត្ ក្នុងជីវភារសមរមយ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា មានការទទួលសគល់ និងសគ្នររសិទធិចរចរថ្នក្មមក្រសសដាក្ិចចសរៅ រររ័នធ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរនូវរររសនតិសុែសងគមសរមារ់ក្មមក្រសសដាក្ិចចសរៅរររ័នធ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា ត្ថ្មលសររងសាំងចុោះទរសៅក្មពុជាដូចររសទសជិត្ខាង។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា ក្មមក្រចាំណ្តក្ស្សុក្មានសិទធិរសងកើត្ និងចូលរួមសហជីរ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរដល់រោាេិបាលអាស៊ានទទួលសគល់ និងអនុវត្តសិទធិក្មមក្រចាំណ្តក្ស្សុក្ សហើ ក្មមក្រចាំណ្តក្ស្សុក្ទទួលបាននូវរបាក្់ នួល និងសសវាសធារណៈសសមើគ្នននឹងក្មមក្រក្នុងស្សុក្។
  • អនក្ររក្ររររផ្លូវសេទទមទរសសរីភារក្នុងការសដើរសហើរសរមារ់ររជាជនទាំងអស់សៅក្នុងត្ាំរន់ អាស៊ាន។
  • “ការររក្ររររផ្លូវសេទគឺជាការងារមួ !” រួក្ស ើងរត្ូវការឲ្យមានការផ្លលស់រតូរចារ់ និងសគ្នលនសយបា ក្នុងររសទសថ្នត្ាំរន់អាស៊ាន សដើមបីការពារ សិទធិររក្ររររផ្លូវសេទររស់អនក្ររក្ររររផ្លូវសេទ ថ្ដលរារ់រញ្ចូលទាំងអនក្ស្សលាញ់សេទដូចគ្នន ថ្ដលររក្ររររផ្លូវសេទ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទាំងអស់គ្ននជាអនក្រត្់ម៉ាូត្ូឌុរ និងរុឺម៉ាក្សទសចរ ទមទរសអា រញ្ឈរ់ការជួលម៉ាូត្ូ សអា អនក្សទសចរររសទសក្នុងត្ាំរន់សទសចរ។

២. ដីធ្លី

  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលវា ត្ថ្មល និងសោោះស្ស ផ្លរ៉ាោះពាល់អវិជជមានថ្ន សមបទនដីសសដាក្ិចច។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលរញ្ឈរ់ការរសណតញសចញ និងអនុវត្តសគ្នលនសយបា អេិវឌឍន៍ សៅនឹងក្ថ្នលង។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រញ្ឈរ់ការសររើរបាស់រររ័នធត្ុលាការជាការសចទររកាន់ និងអាំសរើហិងា ថ្ដល ោក្់សទសសៅដល់អនក្ការពារសិទធិមនុសស និងសក្មមជនដីធ្លី។
  • រួក្ស ើងជាសមាជិក្សហគមន៍ ថ្ដលរត្ូវបានរសណតញសចញទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលក្មពុជាផ្តល់ សអា រួក្ស ើងនូវឯក្សររលរដាជាផ្លូវការ (សសៀវសៅរគួសរ អត្តសញ្ហាណរ័ណណ) ដូសចនោះរួក្ស ើងអាចទទួលបានរ័ណណក្មមសិទធិដីធ្លី និងសាំណងដីធ្លី។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា មានការសោោះថ្លងសក្មមជនសិទធិមនុសស និងដីធ្លី រីរនធធ្នាគ្នរ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលក្មពុជាសគ្នររសិទធិមនុសស ររជាធ្ិរសត្ យ និងរញ្ឈរ់ការ សរើសសអើង ររឆ្ាំងអនក្រក្ីរក្។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលរសងកើត្សគ្នលនសយបា និងចារ់ពាក្់រ័នធនឹងដីធ្លី ថ្រ៉ា និង ទាំនរ់ វារីអគគិសនី ថ្ដលរសរមើផ្លររសយជន៍ដល់ររជាជន។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា លុរសចលនូវសគ្នលនសយបា សមបទនដីសសដាក្ិចចក្នុងររសទសសៅ ត្ាំរន់ អាស៊ាន។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរឲ្យអាស៊ានរសងកើត្ នតការ និងសគ្នលនសយបា សាំរារ់ផ្តល់ដីដល់ររជាជនសឡើងវិញ
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលអាស៊ានការពារត្ាំរន់ថ្ដលសាំរូរសៅសោ ជីវៈចាំរុោះ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា សគ្នលនសយបា អេិវឌឍសៅត្ាំរន់អាស៊ាន សគ្នររ និងសលើក្ដសមកើងការចូលរួម ររស់ររជាជន សិទធិរលរដា ថ្ដលនឹងមិនរណ្តតលសអា មានការរសណតញសចញ និងមិនសរើសសអើង ជនរក្ីរក្។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា រោាេិបាលអាស៊ានសចញសសចក្តីថ្លលងការណ៍រួម សលើការសគ្នររសិទធិដីធ្លីសៅអាស៊ាន។

៣. សនតិសុែសសបៀង និងអធ្ិរសត្ យសសបៀង

  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរនូវទីផ្ារ ុត្តិធ្ម៌ និងត្ថ្មល ុត្តិធ្ម៌។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរនូវឥណទនរីរោាេិបាល ថ្ដលមានការរបាក្់ ២ភាគរ ក្នុងមួ ឆ្នាំ។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរការគ្នាំរទរសចចក្សទសក្សិក្មមរីរោាេិបាល។
  • រួក្ស ើងរដិសសធ្ចារ់ក្សិក្មម ថ្ដលផ្ទុ នឹងរដាធ្មមនុញ្ា និងចារ់េូមិបាល។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរចារ់ក្សិ-ឧសាហក្មម ថ្ដលការពារអាំណ្តចសសមើគ្ននក្នុងការចរចររវាងអនក្ ផ្លិត្ និងអនក្ទិញ។

៤. ពាណិជជក្មម និងការវិនិសយគ

  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា ការអេិវឌឍន៍ មិនរត្ូវោក្់ររជាជនសអា ធាលក្់សៅក្នុងភាររក្ីរក្ធ្ៃន់ធ្ៃរ សនាោះសទ។
  • ពាណិជជក្មមនិងការវិនិសយគ គួរថ្ត្គិត្រីការររងឹងសសដាក្ិចចក្នុងស្សុក្ ការផ្លិត្ ការររងឹង សមត្ថភារ និងសុែុមាលភារររស់ររជាជនជាចាំរង និងមុនសគ។ របាក្់ចាំសណញររស់វិនិសយ គិន គួរជាសរឿងរនាទរ់។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរក្នុងការទទួលបាននូវសសវាសុែភារជាសក្ល និងសអា ររសទសស ើងមាន សិទធិផ្លិត្សោ ែលួនឯងនូវឱសល ថ្ដលជាត្រមូវការមូលោានជាចាំបាច់។
  • រួក្ស ើងអាំពាវនាវដល់រោាេិបាល សអា អនុវត្តចារ់និងសគ្នលនសយបា នានា ថ្ដលជាំរុញដល់ការអរ់រាំថ្ដលររក្រសោ គុណភារ និងការទទួលបានការងារសធ្វើ។
  • រោាេិបាលអាស៊ានគួរថ្ត្ររងឹងសហគមន៍តាមរ ៈ ុត្តិធ្ម៌ និងសនតិភារ គ្នមនការរុក្រក្ រាំផ្លិចរាំផ្លលញ និងសក្ងររវ័ញ្ច។
  • រោាេិបាលរត្ូវសធ្វើយ៉ាងណ្តសលើក្ដសមកើងអត្ថររសយជន៍ររស់ររជាជន មិនថ្មនរក្ុមហ៊ាុនសជីវ ក្មម និងអនក្មានសនាោះសទ។
  • សគ្នលនសយបា ពាណិជជក្មម និងវិនិសយគថានក្់ជាត្ិ និងត្ាំរន់ រត្ូវថ្ត្សលើក្ក្មពស់អធ្ិរសត្ យសសបៀង ការងារសមរមយ ការការពារធ្នធានធ្មមជាត្ិ និងជីវិត្ររក្រសោ សសចក្តីថ្លលលនូរដល់ ររជាជន។
  • ទរមង់ថ្នការអេិវឌឍន៍ ថ្ដលជាំរុញសោ រោាេិបាលអាស៊ាន រត្ូវថ្ត្ត្រមង់ទិសសឡើងវិញ សោ ក្ររជាជន សមភារ ររិសថន និងសងគម មុននឹងគិត្គូររីផ្លររសយជន៍អនក្មាន និងរបាក្់ចាំសណញ។

៥. សិទធិមនុសស និងររជាធ្ិរសត្ យ

  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរឲ្យមានត្ុលាការឯក្រាជយសៅក្មពុជា។
  • រួក្ស ើងរដិសសធ្ចាំសពាោះសសចក្តីររកាសសិទធិមនុសសអាស៊ាន ក្នុងទរមង់នាសរលរចចុរបនន។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរ ុត្តិធ្ម៌សរមារ់ជនជាត្ិសដើមភាគត្ិច។
  • រួក្ស ើងទមទរសអា ចារ់ និងសគ្នលនសយបា ទាំងអស់ ថ្ដលោក្់សទសទណឌសលើអត្ត សញ្ហាណសេទ និងនិនានការសេទ សោ ផ្លទល់ ឬសោ ររសយល រត្ូវលុរសចលជារនាទន់ សហើ សិទធិររស់អនក្ស្សលាញ់សេទដូចគ្ននរត្ូវបានទទួលសគល់ជាសិទធិមនុសស។ រួក្ស ើងក្៏ទមទរសអា ចារ់ សគ្នលនសយបា និងការអនុវត្តនានា រត្ូវសធ្វើសអា ស្សរជាមួ នឹងសគ្នលការណ៍ ៉ាក្ចកាតា។

AGPA People’s Statement

15 November 2012

We, the ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly (AGPA), are farmers, fisher-folk, forestry activists, land activists, indigenous people, feminists, labour activists, sex workers, youth activists, anti-eviction activists, anti-capitalism activists, LGBTIQ activists, activists impacted by dam projects, artists and singers. We are here with our regional allies and friends. We are not an anti-government Assembly. We are people who love peace and are committed to active non-violence. We believe in people’s human rights and human dignity and that is why we have organized our Assembly.

Our Assembly is timed to raise people’s voices and issues to the Royal Government of Cambodia, ASEAN heads of state and other international leaders ahead of the 21st ASEAN Summit on 18-20th November 2012.
AGPA is a four-day event to bring grassroots peoples together in solidarity with each other, in the struggle for social justice, a better life and a better society for everyone. Together we have shared our problems and we see the solutions. We know that when people and governments work together, good and lasting solutions can be found. This is the goal of our Assembly.

On Day 1 of AGPA we experienced a block on our freedom of assembly. This blocking continues. On Day 2, in our different workshops, where we discussed our issues together to make this statement, we experienced further attempts to suppress our basic freedoms– freedom of assembly and freedom of association. But we are here today and we wish to present the reality of our lives, and the strength of our hopes and dreams for our future in Cambodia and in ASEAN.

Leaders: we are talking to you, hear our voices, hear our problems!

We, the people, are part of the solution. We are not part of the problem. We want to work with you to solve our problems.

1. Labor sector (formal, informal, migrant workers)

  • We demand labor law enforcement in Cambodia
  • We demand the rights to freedom of association and assembly without facing violence
  • We demand a fair living wage for workers and civil servants regularly adjusted to inflation
  • We demand effective and transparent public services in Cambodia
  • We demand an end to fixed duration contracts
  • We demand investment which enables informal sector workers to earn decent livelihoods
  • We demand recognition and respect for the negotiation rights of informal sector workers
  • We demand a social security fund for informal sector workers
  • We demand a lower gasoline price in Cambodia like in neighboring countries.
  • We demand that migrant workers have the rights to form and join unions
  • We demand that ASEAN Governments recognize and enforce the human rights of migrant worker; migrant workers must be entitled to equal wages and other public services like local workers
  • Sex workers demand freedom of movement for all peoples in ASEAN
  • Sex work is work. We must change laws and policies in all ASEAN countries to protect the rights of sex workers including LGBT sex workers.
  • We, tuk-tuk and motordop drivers, demand an end of motor and bicycle rental in tourism places.

2. Land

  • We demand that governments assess and redress the negative impacts of economic land concessions
  • We demand an end to forced evictions and implementation of on-site development
  • We demand an end to the manipulation of the judicial system and the violence perpetrated by state and non-state actors, which criminalize and attack human rights defenders and land activists.
  • We, members of evicted communities, demand the Cambodian government to issue us our official citizens legal documentation (family book, ID cards) so that we can access land title and land compensation
  • We demand the release of human rights and land activists in prison
  • We demand that Cambodia respect human rights, democracy and stop discriminating against the poor.
  • We demand that governments develop policy and laws related to land, mining and hydro-power dams, which serve the interest of people.
  • We demand the cancelation of economic land concessions policies in ASEAN countries
  • We demand that ASEAN develops mechanisms and policies for land redistribution to the people
  • We demand ASEAN government to protect areas of rich biodiversity.
  • We demand development policies in the ASEAN region respect and promote people’s participation, citizen rights, and do not cause forced eviction and discrimination against the poor.
  • We ask ASEAN government release a joint statement calling for resolution of land conflicts in ASEAN

3. Food security and sovereignty

  • We demand fair markets and fair prices for our products.
  • We demand micro credit from the government with 2% interest rate per year
  • We demand agricultural technical support from the government.
  • We reject any agricultural law which contradicts our Constitution and land laws.
  • We demand laws to protect equal bargaining power between smallhold agricultural producers and purchasers/traders

4. Trade and Investment

  • We demand development shall not put people into extreme poverty.
  • Trade and investment should first and foremost strengthen the local economy, local production, human capacity and well-being of the people. Profits of investors should not come before the interests of the people.
  • We demand universal access to health care and for our countries to have the rights to produce their own generic medicines
  • We urge the government to implement the laws and regulations which enhance both the quality of education and employment.
  • ASEAN governments should build a regional community through justice and peace, not through extraction, destruction and exploitation.
  • Governments must act to advance the interests of the peoples in their countries and not of corporations and elites
  • National and regional trade and investment policies must promote food sovereignty, decent work, protection of natural resources and life with dignity for all peoples
  • The development model pursued by ASEAN governments must be redirected by putting people, equality, environment and society before corporate and elite interests.

5. Human Rights and Democracy

  • We demand an independent judiciary in Cambodia
  • We reject the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration in its current form
  • We demand justice for indigenous peoples
  • We demand that all laws and policies that directly and indirectly criminalize SOGI be repealed immediately, and LGBTIQ rights are recognized as human rights, and national laws, policies and practices are harmonized with the Yogyakarta Principles.

Press Release for June 10

For Immediate Release: The Cambodian Grassroots Cross-Sector Alliance is calling upon all Cambodian politicians, regardless of parties, to commit to real, equitable and discernible solutions to the myriad of issues facing their constituents. Having presented a statement to the National Assembly of Cambodia in November during the ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly (AGPA) ahead of the ASEAN Summit, in the following seven months the Royal Government of Cambodia has not responded in any substantial way to the people’s demands. Their citizens are still facing the same problems and the problems are worsening.

At a press conference held today in Phnom Penh, the core organizers of the Cambodian Grassroots Cross-Sector Alliance announced their invitations for all politicians to attend the Cambodian Grassroots People’s Assembly (CGPA). The CGPA is a series of informational events that will be held in three regions around the country throughout June by the alliance of grassroots communities, networks and civil society organizations. Each event will provide politicians and others a chance to hear the evidence presented by Cambodian citizens about the issues they face and the solutions which they present. The issues include those relating to land and land concessions, fisheries, labor sector (formal and informal), healthcare, mining, farming, impact of tourism, migration, unemployment, violence against sex workers and more.

Politicians, of all parties, are neglecting their constituents. Cambodia is not without its problems, problems that need real, equitable and participatory solutions – which we are providing – yet those in power and those seeking to be in power continue to ignore our needs,” said Sim Sopanha (Tonle Sap Fishery Network). “Our needs should be their needs, yet they’re not. How can any politician call himself a representative of the people when he does not listen to the people and speak with their voice.”

In Total, three events will be held, in Kampong Chhnang, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Each will include grassroots communities, networks, civil society organizations and individuals from the surrounding region, who will gather to present the issues they face and the solutions they seek. Those assembled want more than mere empty promises, so many of which have been doled out by representatives of all political parties in Cambodia. To date there has been little development in the Kingdom that has benefited all, rather than just the few.

We are holding these events to push for solutions. Our problems need to be addressed. That does not mean through violence, or saying that we are against our government. Rather it’s the opposite, we want the government to take a stance on these problems and in doing so highlight their willingness to truly represent the Cambodia people and their legitimacy as politicians,” said Ek Vitean  (Preah Sihanouk Province Land Network). “By organizing our Assemblies, we mean only to hold peaceful events that illustrate the many difficulties faced by people all over the country every day. Ignorance is no excuse for inaction. After these events no politician will be able to claim that they did not know what their constituents face.

Invitations to each event have been sent to representatives of the Cambodian People’s Party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party and FUNCIPEC.  Should these peaceful events be prevented from occurring or the politicians choose not to attend, then Cambodians will once again have demonstrable proof that their representatives are anything but. The CGPA is about improving Cambodia for all who live in Cambodia.

Seven months ago, in front of the ASEAN community and the world, including the likes of President Obama and others, we presented our case to the National Assembly,” said Prach Bunthouen (Farmer Association for Peace and Development). “Since that time nothing has happened. Nothing. We are tired of the empty promises some have offered and tired of the silence from others. Before the coming elections we need to see some real, equitable action take place.”

Press Invitation for June 10

All members of the media are invited to attend a press conference by the Cambodian Grassroots People’s Assembly (CGPA) on “Make Human Rights and Democracy Real in Cambodia.

When: Monday June 10, 2013

Time:  At 10:00 AM

Venue:  Meta House, on Sothearos Blvd in Phnom Penh.

Purpose and process: The Cambodian Grassroots People’s Assembly is a follow-up series of Assemblies following ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly (AGPA) 13-16th November 2012.

Organizers: A cross-sector alliance of community networks, association and organizations has been working together since 2011 to support space and voice for grassroots people to speak directly and publicly about the problems they face and advocate for solutions. Previously this alliance has presented a joint statement to the Cambodian National Assembly as part of AGPA.

What we want from to achieve

Since that time the National Assembly and the Royal Government of Cambodia have failed to respond to the statement and in some cases the issues present have only worsened. The CGPA is asking that politicians of all parties commit to solid, equitable solutions. To that point, the CGPA will be hosting a series of events over the next few weeks to which politicians from all parties will be invited. It is hoped that they attend so that the CGPA and its members may present their causes and solutions.

For Press Enquiries please contact:

Gregory Pellechi – Media Liaison
Tel: +855 (0)976 978 064
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