Cambodia is host to the 21st ASEAN Summit on the 18th to the 20th of November. Ahead of this summit, the ASEAN Grassroots People’s Assembly (AGPA), made up of civil society groups including Strey Khmer Organization, has held 4 days of meetings in order to raise human rights and democracy issues to the Royal Government of Cambodia.
While the authorities have attempted to block AGPA’s activities, the events of peaceful rallies culminated to a peaceful demonstration infront of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh. 1,500 members gathered this morning to submit their recommendations ahead of the summit. The group chanted and sung about their right land, decent pay, human rights, and fundamental freedoms.
Recommendations to the 21st ASEAN Summit by AGPA included:
- 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.
For a full list of recommendations submitted, please click here.