Monks pray for the dead of journailists and to end impunity at Olympic Stadium during the International Day to End Impunity.
November 21, 2013 - On November 23rd, 2013, the
international community will mark the Third International Day to End Impunity.
In Cambodia, impunity continues to be one of the greatest obstacles to
strengthening the rule of law and allowing citizens of the country to receive
Justice. We are inviting reporters, media workers and victims who have been
denied justice as a result of impunity to express their solidarity by joining
together where journalist Khim Sambo was killed in 2008 and call the government
to provide Justice.
Recent reports have documented excessive use of armed force
and escalating violence to silence activists and media, endangering Cambodian
citizens' right to freedom of expression as well as their lives in some cases.
This vigil is an opportunity to denounce the prevailing culture of impunity
Cambodia and call for its end. It also serves to remember and honor the
memories of all journalists killed because they believed in the purpose and
mission of journalism; to raise awareness about the failure of the government
to bring the killers to justice; and to pledge further actions to find ways of
making journalism safer.
"Impunity defines Cambodia today; guilty officials walk free
while innocent human rights activists and journalists are harassed, threatened
and even murdered for speaking out. These cases of abuse against activists and
journalists are regularly left unsolved as the authorities don't bother to
investigate". Ms. Ramana Sorn, Coordinator of the CCHR Cambodian Freedom of
"In most of these cases, none of the perpetrator has been
brought to Justice. There have been very little efforts from the authorities to
do so and families are still waiting for Justice. This culture of impunity
results in a climate of complete impunity for those who wish to use violence to
silence critical voices. This is deeply destructive for the Cambodian people
and their right to be informed. It also gives rise to self-censorship among
journalists and suppression of free speech. Crimes against journalists should
be solved and harassment stopped". Mr. Pa Ngoun Teang, Executive Director
"So far, Cambodia has failed to conclude its chapter about
the Khmer Rouge history and its legacy. Violence and impunity still exist in
Cambodia. The current and future leaders of the country must learn from our
past experience and refrain from violating human rights. Impunity needs to stop
to avoid History to repeat itself". Mr.
Yeng Virak, Executive Director of the Community Legal Education Center.
Radio Voice of Democracy will host a special radio show from
2 PM to 3 PM on November 21st to debate about the issue of impunity with the
wife of Mr. Heng Serei Oudom and Licadho as guest speakers. It will be
available in Phnom Penh on 106.5 FM and Siem Reap on 95.5 FM.
For more information, please contact:
- The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) - Contact:
Ms. Ramana Sorn (+855 (0)17. 655591 / firstname.lastname@example.org)
- The Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) - Contact: Mr. Nop Vy (+ 855 (0) 60 405 999 / + 855 (0)12 519 261 /
- The Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) - Contact: Mr.
Dythe Hoya (+855 (0) 66 777 015 /email@example.com)
- The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of
Human Rights (LICADHO) - Mr. Am Sam Ath (+855 (0) 12 327 770 /