Towards an Enhanced Understanding of “ASEAN Community 2015” and the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum

Cambodian citizens are not adequately prepared to become members of the “ASEAN Community” in 2015 and do not have sufficient understanding of the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (APF) and regional issues such as migrant workers. These are the reasons behind the organization of a regional sensitization forum on ASEAN and the APF on 15 June 2012 by the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC). The forum was held at Siem Reap Town Hotel, with the presence of 70 participants representing grassroots communities, the media, and civil society organizations from 5 provinces (Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey).

STATEMENT: Failures of Law Implementation Lead to Injustice towards Boeung Kak Lake Residents

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses grave concerns over the lack of proper law implementation by the Phnom Penh Municipality and the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in connection with the handling of the Boeung Kak area land conflict. The arrest of peaceful protesters and their sentencing to lengthy prison terms carried with them a whole range of irregularities—a speedy trial; insufficient evidence; and a general failure to uphold defense rights and fair trial guarantees. All of this led to injustice towards the Boeung Kak Lake residents, who both lost their land and homes and were imprisoned.

Report on the Situation of Cambodian Migrant Workers – January-April 2012

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During the first four months of 2012, the number of complaints for interventions from migrants’ families was increased up to 5 times, compared to the same period of last year (the number of complainst ADHOC received during the the first four months of 2012 is 141 cases, while it was only 23 cases for the same period last year).

Migration occured in two forms: legal and illegal migrations. General challenges faced by the two forms of migration include forced overwork, little or no rest time, untreated illnesses, torture, severe physical assault, underpayment, threats, being jailed, being forced to continue work illegally and the cut-off of relationship with family members. Among the 141 cases, some were from Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa, China, Singapore, Japan, Fiji and so on.