Security forces blocked about 1,000 people from different Asean countries from submitting a petition to the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, calling on Asean leaders to respect human rights across the region. Police told protesters they would not be allowed to march on the ministry, where Cambodia is to host major regional summits next week. Some Asean ministers are already meeting in advance of the summits. Ghi Laga, a demonstrator from Malaysia, told VOA Khmer that Cambodia is not the only country that experiences human rights violations. “I think it is our right to assemble, to express, and we should exercise it,” she said. “We should not be stopped by the government, or anyone for that matter.” (Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony, VOA Khmer, Phnom Penh)
There are more than 2,000 people from every where except Vietnamese.
They are from cross sectors. They bring all their problem here to tell the ASEAN People, ASEAN Govt to Know exactly HOW we have suffered from their Development.
We are here to send our statement to National Assembly.
H.E Phai Siphan, Secretary General of Council Minister… the demonstrators want to show International and want to destroy Cambodian Govt’s effort to prepare ASEAN Summit.
Thilaga, Morality laws are not based on Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We will not accept this ASEAN Human Rights Declaration as this law is not based on Universal Declaration.