Saturday May 25, 2013
Cambodia: Civil society Events Disrupted by Authorities Ahead of ASEAN SummitLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Calling the Cambodian govt out over violations of rights.
(SALEM) - The Cambodian government must cease all disruptions of peaceful and legitimate civil society events.
To prove to the world that it is not simply repeating behavior from the dark years, the country has to take steps to end any harassment of human rights defenders who take part in events that make the government uncomfortable.
Instead of behaving legally and responsibly, Cambodia recently cracked down on human rights activists gathered in Phnom Penh for two major meetings timed before the 21st summit of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which took place in Cambodia from 18 to 20 November 2012.
The activists reported widespread attempts from local authorities to prevent and disrupt civil society events in a series of blatant violations of the right to freedom of assembly in Cambodia.
Cambodia now must immediately, exhaustively and thoroughly investigate the intimidation and harassment of the civil society organisations who have organised the events ahead of ASEAN summit, and also guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Cambodia are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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