UN Secretary General urged to address Cambodia evictions

by Rhodri C. Williams

In a press release today, COHRE appealed to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to use his current trip to Cambodia to seek an improvement in respect for housing rights. The PR focused in particular on the ongoing evictions from the Boeung Kak district of the capital Phnom Penh, which has been the subject of previous TN postings by both myself and Natalie Bugalski.

Sadly, it is a bit hard to picture the Secretary General spontaneously acceding to COHRE’s suggestion that he

meet with representatives of the Boeung Kak community during his visit to Cambodia this week, to “demonstrate the commitment of the UN to its core founding purpose of ‘promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms’ for all people everywhere.”

Indeed, it will be interesting to see if the SG will be so indelicate as to mention any of the rather alarming lurches Cambodia has made away from the extensive human rights obligations it undertook as part of the early 1990s peace process.

For some insights, I turned to Turtle Bay, where I was most immediately struck by China’s recent diplomatic successes in the UN, both in terms of obscuring the fact that its own weapons industry appears to be doing a roaring business in Sudan despite the embargo, and in the narrower area of defending states in its near abroad – in this case Burma – from human rights and war crimes scrutiny.

As I’ve noted in the past, Burma and Cambodia have a few things in common, ranging from their increasingly close economic and diplomatic ties with China to their poor human rights records. Although there has been a longstanding tendency on the part of development actors in Cambodia to dither a bit on human rights issues like forced evictions, one can’t help but wonder whether China’s recent bouts of vigorous UN diplomacy might not have a further chilling effect on what is already a fairly cooled down topic.

3 responses to “UN Secretary General urged to address Cambodia evictions

  1. Sanjay Mishra

    Honorable sir,
    India adopt republic democratic constitution on 1956, but still now state govt. Of West Bengal and Chattishgarh both continue with British colonial feudal police system / ruling party control police system and it produce at Chattishgarh ruling BJP party sponsored private army in style of “salwa jurum” similarly ruling CPM (Marxist) party produce “Harmad” at south forest zone of West Bengal and both are continue killing tribal cum forester in view of deforestation to set SEZ or any ! on the other hand China sponsor Maoist lead arms struggle where starvation in tribal village continue ! In true sense value of modern weapons / gun more then a tribal village in India and poor tribes can not purchase the came by any means, on the whole war of forest in India is artificial and it lead by power broker to kill tribal in view of deforestation ! more over in this way by last three years 0.1 million killed at south forest zone of west Bengal as per voter list of 2006 and it may observe if election commission of India engage to visit door to door to verify each voter before ensuing assembly election of west Bengal of 2011 by put into execution the independent police system as per order of supreme court of India of 2007 to secure the right of all small section to tribal and it is needful today to seize deforestation for the interest of Earth. BY – Sanjay Mishra
    Copy to ————- Dr. S. Y. Quraishi
    Chief Election Commissioner.

    On Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:08:13 +0530 “Sanjay Mishra”sanjaymishra61@rediffmail.com wrote
    The Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India,
    Honorable Sir,
    Take liberty to state the following few lines for your kind attention.
    Today it is know to all that due to continue terrorism at forest zone of WB nobody can visit the entire forest zone for any,in this position Pl. makes an arrangement to verify the each voter by visit door to door by collection signature of each voter as well as verify the voter photo identity card so that ruling party control police & ruling sponsored Gunman in style armed squad not able to confine the people to cast the vote of dead or missing persons again in the ensuing assembly election of 2011 at forest zone (paschim midnapore, bankura, purulia) of WB. India. Moreover state police become inept to work the same as they continue under the control of the ruling party of the state and due to continue terrorism at forest zone central force are remain from long time in this area and they are become expert about the forest zone for same make an order to verify the voter list with the help of central force only in view of set democracy, as well as keep majesty of country too. And in this way the figure of dead or missing person may recorded though many tribal villages cum forester not get voter identity card from decade after decade!
    (1) To seize the artificial terrorism of power broker to set Zindal Iron SEZ at south forest zone of WB by deforestation, to seize killing mission which continue by last three years, Pl. make an arrangement and put into execution Independent police system which was passed by you on 2007, in view of secure the democratic right of all small group,tribes to all, it is needful before the ensuing assembly election of west Bengal so that people become free from the trap of gun man of power broker and able to cast their vote smoothly. (At present election commission become authority of law & order of WB. as per norms).
    (2) Make an arrangement & put into execution the compensation matter of killed or raped & injured persons by gunman at south forest zone which is continue by last three years as per norms 8 to 10 lakh so that each tortured family able to keep their confidence with the democratic set-up to judicial system to constitution of India before ensuing assembly election of west Bengal so that people become fearless form the oppression of power brokers. In view of strengthen the value of democracy.
    Pl. takes action for the interest of people & renders proper justice.
    Yours truly, Sanjay Mishra, Station Road,Midnapur , West Bengal.
    India. Mob-9434243451 Date-30/12/2010
    Enclo- From:”Sanjay Mishra”sanjaymishra61@rediffmail.com
    To: supremecourt@nic.in

    The Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India,
    Honorable Sir,
    Take liberty to state the following few lines for your kind attention.
    As ruling opponent both CPM and TMC move to set Zindal Iron SEZ at
    Salboni with a vast area and they move to occupy in first step 352.86
    KM, south forest zone of west Bengal. For same by last three years
    south forest zone of west Bengal submerge in artificial terrorism of
    power broker to occupy the forest land similarly two group of Gunman’s
    are continue in style of Harmad camp & Maoist camp to continue tribal
    killing mission though joint combat force remain in said area under
    the control of ruling party illegally though you were dismiss feudal-
    police system on 2007 in view of Democracy to set independent police
    commission but west Bengal govt. not follow the same! Moreover feudal police system provides us near about 74% poor with a top rank in blank money in world market! As well as 0.3 million people were killed near-about by last three years! It is known to all that each cottage to any are visible today by satellite camera in plane forest zone, naturally said artificial terrorism to lead tribal killing mission are continue to defame our country &democracy both.For same you passed an order to investigate the matter to state govt.as per my E-Mail before which was published on25/07/2010, at Bartaman patrika(daily news paper of WB) but still now entire south forest zone(Paschim Midnapore, Bankura, Purulia) remain under the grip of terrorism , as nobody can enter to said forest zone for voter list correction or any smoothly and it is the hidden tactics of power
    broker so that compensation matter of killed persons not raised
    properly in time and man-less forest land may occupy by Deforestation!
    In this position kindly you interfere into the matter to observe the
    same and make an order to put into execution independent police
    commission within fix date otherwise pass an order to keep the life of
    tribe cum forester from the continue oppression of feudal police
    system by set an administrative set-up in style of under Union
    Territory in the south forest zone or as you deem fit to save the life
    soon from your end for the interest of people and take action to render proper justice.

    Yours truly, Sanjay Mishra, Station Road, Midnapur, West Bengal.
    India. Mob-9434243451, Date: 29.11.2010.

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