poor populations, both urban and rural, being forced to sign over land
at gunpoint, forcibly evicted to make way for developers or plantation
owners, and worst. Over 250,000 Cambodians have been displaced.
Write to your legislators to demand actions from the Cambodian government to stop all evictions and to conduct independent investigations to identify officials who order the use of deadly weapons and assault on unarmed civilians; you can find your Senator and Representatives' contact information here: www.congress.org (A form letter is attached that you can use--just plug in your name and address! You can find them at the bottom of the page). Ask them to demand Cambodia respect the rule of law, private property rights, and make an end to evictions a prerequisite to additional aid money.
Write to the UN to call on the Cambodian government to comply with its
responsibility as a signatory to ICESCR and to the Convention on the
Right of the Child (CRC) and to CEDAW: http://www.un.org/en/members/countryinfo.asp?countryname=cambodia, and :
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Contact the World Bank concerning land ownership issues and exploitation in Cambodia (you can read the World Bank's resolution here):
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433 USA
tel: (202) 473-1000
fax: (202) 477-6391
You can also contact the Asian Development Bank and ask that aid projects not fund the displacement of those whom should benefit from development loans, and also ensure that development money is not diverted to those behind this acts against the humanity of Cambodia's underprivileged.
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Finally , spread the word. Tweet,
Facebook, MySpace, talk to people, write an article for your local
newspaper, discuss this on your blog, talk to your local Rotary
group, ask your city council to draft a resolution, contact your
Congressperson, start a local letter writing campaign, and urge those
people to take action!
VIDEO SERIES: CAMBODIA FOR SALE
http://khmernz.blogspot.com/2009/03/sbs-cambodia-for-sale.html (also available below)
At Amnesty International:
At the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights:
DOWNLOAD THE E-BOOK: LOSING GROUND: FORCED EVICTIONS AND INTIMIDATION IN CAMBODIA
DOWNLOAD GLOBAL WITTNESS'S FULL REPORT: COUNTRY FOR SALE
DOWNLOAD THE CAMBODIAN LEAGUE FOR
THE PROMOTION AND DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT: LAND GRABBING AND POVERTY IN CAMBODIA:
THE MYTH OF DEVELOPMENT 2009
We want to thank our friends at Stories Without Borders: The Documentary Project for permission to republish this content. "Stories Without Borders" is a non-profit project dedicated to telling the stories that unite people across cultures, time, and religion. It is an educational documentary project that believes through exploring the stories that we share we can better understand our common humanity across time and cultures. Its first project is to record the influence of the Sanskrit epics the Ramayana and Mahabharata across the cultures and religions of South and Southeast Asia while celebrating the diversity of the people and places that we encounter along the way. They depend on people like you to support this work. They also perform human rights advocacy in Southeast Asia with their focus area being Cambodia.