Help the Women and Children of Cambodia - Brutally Evicted from Their Homes
January 29, 2009 – Calling Out From Cambodia!
APPEAL FOR SOLIDARITY FOR WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES BRUTALLY EVICTED BY ARMED POLICE AND INHUMANELY DUMPED IN RELOCATION SITES
A brutal violation of the fundamental human rights and dignity of Cambodian people is happening daily! The majority of the victims are women and children, the most vulnerable poor, and many living with HIV/AIDS. Forced evictions and land grabbing cases have affected over 20,000 families in 2007 alone. The government is directly involved in facilitating these criminal acts, which desecrate the rights enshrined in the Constitution of Cambodia, guaranteed in the Cambodian Land Law and stipulated in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to which Cambodia is signatory.
The latest forced evictions of Dey Krahom (Red Earth) on the first day of Chinese New Year on 26 January, 2009 marked the end of a four- year struggle of thousands of families on this four-hectare of land located in the heart of the city of Phnom Penh, on prime land which the Cambodian government illegally sold to 7NG company.
The Dey Krahom recent evictions bear striking similarities with other forced evictions. Riot police armed with guns, shock batons, tear gas and shields cordon off the eviction sites before dawn to bar human rights monitors, U.N. observers, journalists and Parliamentarians from providing support and reporting. These armed police forces are used as a shield while an army of hired men execute the actual demolition operation of the homes and assaults on the residents. Nothing is left to stand. All is razed to the ground. Hired trucks are used to truck residents and the remaining of their belongings to relocation sites in the outskirts of the city. While dumped on these sites that lack the basic facilities including water and latrines, the residents are left to survive or perish on their own. Case closed.
We appeal to you to:
· Send your letter or group letters to condemn the Cambodian government of such brutal violations of human rights;
· 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;
· 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;
· Mobilize humanitarian support for the victims of forced evictions,
· Inform your local media.
The victims of forced evictions and land grabbing must be allowed to repossess their land or fairly compensated for all damages.