In honor of International Women’s Day, NGO-CEDAW sponsored a live radio broadcast of a round-table discussion on the topic of domestic violence. View the video in Khmer
Speakers included CHUON Chamrong from Heinrich Boell Foundation, NAP Somaly, women’s rights senior monitor at our member LICADHO and Dr. PUNG Chhiv Kek, NGO-CEDAW’s chairperson. Our member VOD hotnews produced the radio show with funding from Heinrich Boell Foundation.
63 civil society groups, including NGO-CEDAW signed a joint statement against the unjust conviction of woman human rights defender Tep Vanny. She has been detained since August 2016 was convicted on February 23, 2017 of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment in relation to a protest which took place in 2013.
No live evidence was presented in court, just identical written statements from witnesses, so no cross-examination could be conducted. Her accusers are para-police (security guards who work with the military police) known to deliberately attack peaceful protesters.
Meanwhile, peaceful protesters outside the courtroom were forceably dragged away, and in some cases beaten by members of another para-police unit.
Joint statement in English
Joint statement in Khmer
សេចក្ដីជូនដំណឹង៖ ការដាក់ពាក្យសុំចុះឈ្មោះអ្នកសង្កេតការណ៍ជាតិ អន្តរជាតិ និងភ្នាក់ងារគណបក្សនយោបាយសំរាប់ការបោះឆ្នោតជ្រើសរើសក្រុមប្រឹក្សាឃុំ សង្កាត់អណិ្តទី៤ឆ្នាំ២០១៧។
Announcement from NEC inviting applications for registration to be an election observer or political party agents to monitor the 2017 commune council elections.
2017 observer registration KH
NGO-CEDAW continues to call for amendments to the law on domestic violence. The law should clearly identify which criminal laws should be applied to domestic violence situations. This week, one man beat his wife, used a knife against her, then tied her up, covered her in gasoline and tried to light her on fire. He is being charged with violence against a spouse rather than more serious charges such as torture and cruel acts or attempting to commit murder.
NGO-CEDAW’s Dignity Project has new art that can be viewed online.
The Siem Reap-based dance group New Cambodian Artists presented Kom Lang Satrey (‘Power Women’) during the 16 Days Campaign in November 2016. A film collage based on the performance can be viewed here.
HEM Vanna’s documentary film, Where Do I Belong? explores the experiences of transgender women who rise above discrimination through Aspara dance. The film can be viewed here.