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CSOs call for an End to Impunity in Cambodia on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists To mark the United Nations’ second International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists,rnwe, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), call upon the Royal Government ofrnCambodia to bring an end to Cambodia’s rampant culture of impunity, and to ensure that thernperpetrators of human rights violations are brought to justice.

CCHR to launch campaign to end impunity entitled “Never Forget” The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) will mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists by launching the “Never Forget” campaign, a weeklong series of activities highlighting the issue of impunity in Cambodia. The campaign will launch at 4pm on Monday 02 November at FCC’s The Mansion, Sisowath Quay.

Condemnation of Violence against Members of Fifth Mandate National Assembly Cambodian civil society organizations (CSOs) and social commentators are deeply distressed and condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent violent attacks against CNRP members of National Assembly (NA). The attacks were carried out on 26th October 2015 at 12:30 pm, at south of the National Assembly building. At least three people were seriously attacked or injured, two of which were CNRP MPs, and also their properties were vandalized.

 Civil Society Condemns Violence Against Cambodian Opposition MPs October 27, 2015 - ADHOC, CCHR, CCIM, CLEC, STT and LICADHO strongly condemn yesterday’s violence outside the National Assembly, and at the gate of an opposition leader that left two opposition CNRP MPs injured and bloodied, and call for an immediate independent and transparent investigation into the orchestrated violence. We further express deep concerns over the lack of police action to control a related gathering in front of Kem Sokha’s house, which was surrounded yesterday afternoon by several hundred individuals, some of who threw rocks at the front gates while others were heard calling for even further violence.

CCHR, ICCO, and PLCPD Launch the Tri-Sector Forum on Business and Human Rights The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), the Interchurch Organization for Development Cooperation (“ICCO”), and the Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development (“PLPCD”) are delighted to announce the launch of the Tri-sector Forum on Business and Human Rights regional conference at the Imperial Garden Villa Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 27-28 October 2015.

Joint UN statement on Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people On 29 September 2015, 12 UN entities (ILO, OHCHR, UNAIDS Secretariat, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UN Women, WFP and WHO) released an unprecedented joint statement calling for an end to violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. The statement is a powerful call to action to Governments to do more to tackle homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination and abuses against intersex people, and an expression of the commitment on the part of UN entities to support Member States to do so.

“The World Bank is a Human Rights-Free Zone” – UN expert on extreme poverty expresses deep concern GENEVA (29 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, has called on the World Bank and its member States to adopt a new and consistent approach to human rights. “For most purposes, the World Bank is currently a human rights-free zone. In its operational policies, in particular, it treats human rights more like an infectious disease than universal values and obligations,” Alston says in a new report* published online on the approach to human rights by the World Bank, the most important international actor on poverty alleviation. The report, which will be officially presented to the UN General Assembly on 23 October, explains that the biggest single obstacle to better integrate human rights into the work of the World Bank is “the anachronistic and inconsistent interpretation of the ‘political prohibition’ contained in the Bank’s Articles of Agreement.” “They invoke the Articles of Agreement, which were adopted in 1945, and argue that this clause not to interfere in States’ political affairs effectively prohibits the Bank from engaging with issues of human rights,” the expert says. However, he stresses, “these Articles were written more than 70 years ago, when there was no international catalogue of human rights, no specific treaty obligations upon States, and not a single international institution addressing these issues.”

CSOs and Businesses welcome Government support for LGBT rights and call for clarity in Cambodian law We, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”) and businesses, warmly welcome the words of Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) spokesman Phay Siphan, who on Friday, 25 September expressed support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (“LGBT”) people in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) and stated that same-sex marriages are already legally available in the Kingdom.

States and businesses must prevent harm from highly hazardous pesticides – UN experts GENEVA (28 September 2015) – Two United Nations experts on hazardous substance and waste and right to food have called today for an immediate worldwide phase-out on use of highly hazardous pesticides that are inflicting significant damage on human health and the environment. The experts’ appeal comes as States, businesses and other parties from around the world gather in Geneva, Switzerland, for the fourth meeting of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (28 September to 2 October 2015). This is the last gathering of its kind before 2020, the year by which States pledged to achieve sound management of chemicals following the 2002 Earth Summit. “Workers, children and others at risk continue to suffer severe impacts from hazardous pesticides,” the UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights and hazardous substance and waste, Baskut Tuncak, said. “Those living in danger cannot wait several years for the next opportunity. It is imperative that States take collective action now.” Mr. Tuncak noted that, since the 2002 Earth Summit, coordinated global action to reduce highly hazardous pesticide use has not materialized. “Risks are particularly grave in developing countries, many of who import these highly hazardous pesticides despite having inadequate systems to reduce risks,” he said. “There are still a significant proportion of pesticides being used around the world which can be considered as highly hazardous,” the expert warned, “despite international pesticide experts’ claim that there are almost always safer alternatives to highly hazardous pesticides.”

New Sustainable Development Goals: UN expert urges Governments to announce plans on education GENEVA (28 September 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh, today called on all UN Member States to announce without delay their plans to realize the right to education in line with the new Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to end poverty by 2030 and universally promote shared economic prosperity, social development and environmental protection. Welcoming the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals -the successor to the Millennium Development Goals- in New York on Sunday, he noted that “political commitments made by governments to education goals in future development agenda will remain hollow unless governments take real action to expand educational opportunities and restore public confidence in good quality public education.” “This is all the more important as education is a key instrument to eradicate poverty, and for achieving any of the new development goals,” the human rights expert stressed. The Special Raporteur emphasized that achieving free, universal secondary education of good quality, to which international community is committed, cannot happen unless governments’ investment in education is significantly enhanced. “This will require new investments, as well as ensuring existing funds are well spent,” he said. “These goals expand free, universal education to the secondary level, and call for full equality between boys and girls. These commitments require not just financial support, but bold political actions to address the barriers which have kept many children out of school,” Mr. Singh added. - See more at:

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