Citizens and monks who had been walking from various parts of the country,towards Phnom Penh over the last 5 days during a ‘Peace March’, were joined by a crowd of factory and construction workers in front of the National Assembly to celebrate International Human Rights Day.
See also HERE, HERE, and HERE.
There are videos at THIS LINK.
All the groups of citizens and monks, totalling several hundreds, have ended their 5-day journey along the national highways from various cities in Cambodia to reach Phnom Penh during a ‘Peace March’ to promote human rights. They each were denied access for a while by police blockades at the entrance of the city but finally were let through. They now take a rest before marching again in the capital tomorrow to celebrate International Human Rights Day.
See also HERE and HERE.
Groups of monks and citizens proceed steadily but slowly during their 5-day ‘Peace March’ to promote human rights along the national highways and head for Phnom Penh for International Human Rights Day on December 10th.
Blisters are popping and muscles are sore though. And progress is not equal for all as some marchers are occasionally being harassed, either by police blocking the groups leaving from Kampong Cham and Takeo, or head monks locking up pagodas where the marchers intended to stay overnight.
See also ‘Peace March’, Day 1 HERE.
Several groups of monks and citizens are on a 5-day walk on Cambodia’s national highways (well… sort of ‘high’) in a ‘Peace March’ to promote human rights. The groups are converging to the capital Phnom Penh to celebrate International Human Righst Day on December 10th. Two groups, in Kompong Cham and Takeo provinces were prevented from marching on Friday.
Citizens and monks gathered at the LICADHO offices this morning to board trucks and buses carrying them to the various locations the Peace March will start from tomorrow morning, converging to Phnom Penh for International Human Rights Day this December 10th.
For the third consecutive Sunday, family members, monks and sympathisers gathered at the gate of Prey Sar prison to request the release of the activists and monks who were arrested and sentenced to a 1-year jail sentence early this month. But they also celebrated the birthday of the daughter of imprisoned land rights activist Tep Vanny.
One of the ‘Hearths of Resistance’, places in Phnom Penh where citizens resist the erosion of their rights, is Borei Keila, a community which was violently evicted almost 3 years ago after a series of broken promises. Condemned to live either on a relocation site 45 Km out of the capital, or next to the garbage thrown out of the building they were promised an appartment in, many members from the community have radicalised, and systematically join other communities entangled in similar land issues to support them in their struggle.
Other members of the community simply try to eke out a living.
This is a follow-up on ‘Quest for Land’, an app for the iPad with an in-depth, interactive reportage with over 700 photographs covering all aspects of land issues in Cambodia. Text by Robert Carmichael, photographs by John Vink. Available on iTunes HERE.
When two powerfull fight for land, the poor lose theirs. Villagers from Chi Khor Krom, in the Sre Ambel district of Koh Kong province, demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in support of their case being handled there. While 15 families who lost land during a dispute between powerfull businessman Heng Huy and Sok Hong, another businessman, one of the villagers was accused of violence and had to stand trial.