Cambodian Documentary Video

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Coming Home - Home to Areng Valley

Coming Home “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain The day after my birthday, I boarded the plane at SFO and embarked on a new journey, returning to my homeland of Cambodia. As the plane hovered over Phnom Penh, I was reminded of the very first time, nearly seventeen years ago, I flew above the glistening rice paddies and towering palm trees. I was 21 years old at the time with no memory of our country. My family and I fled Cambodia when I was only two years old. Yet, butterflies fluttered above the pit of my stomach and I felt like I was coming home. That day, I knew I wanted to learn more about my country. Today, butterflies still intact, I want to help protect it. We recorded this video soon after my film crew and I left Areng Valley for the first time last year and soon after I made a promise to Reem Sav See that I would do everything in my power to protect her land and the land of our ancestors. As I begin another journey in Cambodia, I remind myself of my promise, not only to Reem Sav See but to myself - to love, to fight, and to protect the nature that is our home.

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Workers & Political Activists under Attack in Cambodia

LICADHO - Video: Workers & Political Activists under Attack in Cambodia

Year 2014 - The Cambodian government used barbaric military forces to savagely kill its own people. They killed and seriously injured many people who held peaceful protest to demand better living wages.

Year 2014 has opened to a sustained campaign of violence and arrests in Cambodia. This video looks back at events which occurred on January 2,3, and 4, 2014.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Three Cambodian Garment Workers Shot at Puma Supplier Factory

We seek justice for Cambodian garment workers shot at Puma supplier factory

    1. Petition by

      CEOs and Heads of Corporate Social Responsibility of Puma and Others,, PUMA 
      Dear CEOs and Heads of Corporate Social Responsibility of Puma and Others,

      We write to you to demand justice for Cambodian garment workers Ms. Bun Chenda, Ms. Keo Nea and Ms. Nuth Sakhorn.

      On 20 February 2012, an unidentified male approached a group of around 6,000 workers in Manhattan Special Economic Zone (MSEZ). They were protesting the poverty wages and exploitation that epitomize the Cambodian garment industry. That man shot three young women aged 18 to 23 for requesting a pay increase of 50 cents per day. During the shooting the police did not assist the victims. It was fellow workers who aided them onto motorbikes to be taken to the hospital. Police officers aided the
      shooter’s escape by running alongside him to a neighbouring factory.

      We watched as one of those young women, Ms. Bun Chenda, 21, struggled for her life
      at Calmette Hospital whilst money was thrown at her to buy her silence.
      During the search for the shooter Minister of Interior, His Excellency Sar Kheng, came forward to proclaim “we know who the shooter is...We have evidence.” His Excellency identified the only suspect of the shooting as Bavet Governor, Mr. Chhouk Bandith.

      Bandith was consequently removed from his position on 5 March 2012. Following this, Svay Rieng Provincial Prosecutor, Mr. Hing Bun Chea admitted Chhouk Bandith had confessed to the triple shooting, yet he was still not
      arrested. Eye witnesses such as police officer Mr. Long Phorn have been silenced and ignored.

      The evidence against Chhouk Bandith is overwhelming yet he remains a free man, demonstrating that Cambodia is completely devoid of the rule of law. This
      case and the powerful interests behind it make a mockery of the Cambodian judiciary and the standards of social responsibility that you claim to uphold.

      Your codes and standards demand rule of law, just remuneration and freedom of association yet you stand idly by as the judiciary is manipulated to allow a public official to shoot three demonstrators requesting an increase in wage.

      As it stands we cannot consider these codes or standards as anything more than empty words.

      We call on your integrity to prove to your supply chain, to your customers and to your shareholders that you value human life, human dignity and justice as purported under CSR initiatives such as the Puma Safe initiative.
      We demand that you make it known to the Royal Government of Cambodia that your business is conditional on the independence of the Cambodian judiciary and hence justice for victims of the brutal Bavet shooting.

      We bring to you attention your statement dated 9 March 2012 which provides that you “will continue to stand by Cambodia through this period and support constructive dialogue between all parties that respect the rule of law and guarantee workers a fair and safe working environment.”

      We bring to your attention that this case and the powerful interests behind it have trampled on the rule of law. Further, the precedent of impunity set in this case ensures that we are not equal before the law and that no one is safe. We bring to your attention the hypocrisy of your statements and your respective codes of conduct.

      We remind you that your consumers and shareholders as well as local and international trade unions, networks and labor support organizations will be watching as Chhouk Bandith stands trial on 21 May 2013. You are obliged to act. The future of the Cambodian garment industry and the lives of those therein, depend upon on it.

      Yours sincerely,
      Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU)
      Cambodian Confederation of Trade Unions (CCU)
      Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW)
      Cambodian Food and Service Workers' Federation (CFSWF)
      Independent Democratic of Informal Economy Association (IDEA)
      Cambodian Youth Network (CYN)
      Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community (CCFC)
      Cambodian Independent of Cervil Servant Association (CICA)
      Cambodian Worker Center for Development (CWCD)
      Building and Woodworkers’ Trade Union Federation of Cambodia (BWTUC)
      Union Federation of ASEAN Workers (UFAW)
      Community Legal Education Center (CLEC)
      Cambodian League for the Promotion & Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)
      Workers’ Information Center (WIC)
      Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA)
      Khmer Institute for National Development (KIND)
      Strey Khmer Organization
      People’s Action for Change (PAC), Cambodia
      American Center for International Labor Solidarity (ACILS), Cambodia
      Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA)
      Globalization Monitor
      Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC)
      The Global Network
      International Federation of Workers' Education Associations (IFWEA)
      United Workers Congress, United States
      National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), United States
      Korean Federation of Public Services and Transportation Workers' Unions (KPTU)
      Society for Labour and Development, India
      Garment and Allies Workers Union, India
      Garment and Textile Workers Union (GATWU), India
      SITRASACOSI, El Salvador
      FUERSA, El Salvador
      STIT, El Salvador
      CEAL, El Salvador
      FEDOTRAZONAS, Dominican Republic
      [Your name]

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