CAMBODIAN GAY PEOPLE ARE CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY “VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS”

 


Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK)

International Human Rights Day 2013-

“Celebrating International Human Rights for LGBTIQ People in Cambodia 2013”

 

Background and general activities of RoCK

RoCK is a Cambodian LGBT rights group. It was formed after the successful Cambodia Pride Week 2009 (10-17th May) when LGBT Pride volunteers wanted to continue working to improve the lives of LGBT people in Cambodia. A week-long Pride involving various events (workshops, film festival, art exhibition, media coverage, social events) was an empowering experience for Cambodian LGBT as they had opportunities to share their experiences and bring more visibility to their lives and their concerns. They felt a stronger sense of community and wished to continue to work together to bring more understanding and visibility of LGBT people to Cambodian society. Since then, RoCK has successfully organized and annual LGBT Pride Week and last year 2012, organized the first-ever ASEAN LGBT Pride Week in Cambodia. And the Pride Week this year we made more visible event which more than 50 monks were invited for Blessing Ceremony and First Tuk Tuk parade (22) in public.

As well as organizing the annual Pride Festival every May, RoCK works all year round to promote LGBT rights awareness and advocacy. It does this by aiming certain activities at general community and society, and certain activities at internal movement building among LGBT-

  • RoCKers carry out multiple awareness session for university students of Gender Studies in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang;
  • also with other organizations as requested- Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), KHANA, British Embassy and others;
  • RoCK harnesses the power of the arts to increase visibility and understanding through commissioning short films and documentaries, art exhibitions, music and songs;
  • RoCK carries out research on LGBT experiences;
  • RoCK takes on cases of rights abuses of LGBT to ensure that services are made available and problems are solved;
  • RoCK engages in community-organising within the LGBT community promoting volunteerism and self-help as the most powerful and sustainable way to bring about change- “be the change you wish to see!”
  • RoCK organizes SOGI workshops for its growing membership around the country to further deepen the LGBT community’s understanding and articulation of their identity        

 

Focus and progamme of IHRD 2013

One of the biggest causes of the discrimination and marginalization experienced by the LGBT community is the accusation that homosexual love is unnatural, abnormal and not belonging to Cambodian culture rather coming to influence young people from exposure to foreign cultures, music and fashions. The deep discrimination against LGBT leads to family rejection of LGBT sons and daughters and fear of this rejection is the biggest factor preventing LGBT people from their freedom of expression and to be who they are. Coming out of the closet comes with huge risks if it leads to one being abandoned or rejected by one’s family, the primary social fabric of life in Cambodia. Addressing this discrimination and strengthening support mechanisms for LGBT people continues to be the core work of RoCK and is the focus of IHRD 2013.

IHRD will focus on the important issue of family acceptance during IHRD this year. There will be a 2-day programme featuring:

  1. Our second ever national gathering of LGBT couples and their family members who accept them. We hope this will be a step on the way to founding a PFLAG group in Cambodia- Parents and Friends of Lesbian And Gay. During ASEAN Pride Week we met with the Vietnam PFLAG group and saw it is possible!     
  2. Commune leaders as well as police will be invited for sharing about how their experience with homosexual couples in their own community.
  3. RoCK will launch its Pride DVD from the previous May on IHRD
  4. RoCK will also screen some documentary which produced last years
  5. RoCK will exhibit its photo-book art piece “Cambodian LGBT Lives” featuring LGBT people with family who accept them.

Participants

RoCK will invite 100 RoCKers from the provinces for the 2-day programme and RoCKers from Phnom Penh as well as target groups of CPN Plush, a support organization for HIV+ transgender and MSM with whom RoCK is collaborating and other supporters.

Venue

Women’s Network for Unity (WNU), # 3-4 Street 339, Tuol Kork, Sangkat Boueng Kak 1, Khan Tuol Kork.

Tel: Mr Srun Srorn 092 300 006

Dates

Monday-Tuesday 9-10th December 2013

 Drafted

Agenda of Int. HR planning (9th -10th  December 2013)

on 9th December:

  1. Morning: workshop sharing about activities of other provinces (Takoe, K.chnang, Siemreap, Preyveng, Svayreang, Pursat, Preah vinhea)
  2. Afternoon:  workshop sharing about experience of commune chief and police to support us (Takoe, Kandal, Preah vihea, Prey veng)

on 10th December: 

  1. Morning: Sharing about Work of RoCK for the last few year and also RoCK status for 2014
  2. Afternoon: Lounching the DVD Pride 2013 and Other couples of Short documentary which relate to RoCK’s work
  3. Evening: Show and Dancing

Provinces activities:

  1. Cleaning at Siem Reap town 7-8th Oct
  2. Radio talk show at SR/ BTB


Contact person Tana 010 305 311 or Srorn 092 300 006

LGBT Voices!

Let’s Cambodian people discuss about it.
They will give negative and positive reactions!

But let’s speak out today, they will at least discuss!

hope our inspiring heart will break their negative thought!

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam

Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Hanoi Sunday morning to watch a staged wedding ceremony between two same-sex couples ahead of a planned parliamentary debate on the topic next month.

Under the heat of an autumn morning in Hanoi, two same-sex couples dressed as brides and grooms took part in wedding ceremonies in front of around 300 people waving rainbow flags and holding colored balloons.

The couples exchanged rings and threw bouquets, much to the crowd’s delight. One of the brides, Linh, gave a short speech.

She said she was very happy to be able to take part in a wedding with the woman she loves.

The event was part of the “Toi Dong Y” festival, which translates as “I do,” or “I agree”, organized by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) groups across the country. In two weeks over 52,000 people have “liked” a Facebook page set up for the event.

One participant, 18-year-old Truong Duc Anh, said same-sex marriage is an important topic for Vietnam.

He said he believes love does not have a wrong or a right side and the most important thing is that society treats people equally when it comes to love.

The festival is being held ahead of a planned debate on revisions to the Marriage and Family Law at the National Assembly on November 5.

The draft does not include the legalization of same-sex marriage, but removes the article banning them in the current law and includes provisions for same-sex couples who live together.

One of the organizers – Le Quang Binh, director of the Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment (iSEE) – said he believes same-sex marriage will be legalized eventually.

“I believe in people and I think that when everybody speaks out, everyone has to listen whoever you are. So that’s why we do it this way. We mobilize public opinion, LGBT, students, young people so when people speak their opinion, politicians will have to listen,” Binh said. “And I believe that politicians are also human beings. They need time to understand.”

Attitudes towards the LGBT community have changed greatly over the last few years in Vietnam, where belief in traditional patriarchal family values remains the norm. Vietnam’s LGBT community has grown more confident in its activism, even conducting training workshops for local journalists to improve their representation of gay people in local media.

Last year, hundreds of people cycled through the center of Hanoi in August for the country’s first Gay Pride parade. An Internet sitcom (situation comedy) called “My Gay Best Friends” went viral, attracting over 1.5 million viewers, and a publisher released the country’s first biography of a transgender person.

“I think a lot of change has taken place already…Before people thought it was sensitive so they didn’t want to talk about this. But now people are willing to talk about this. Many people support and many people oppose but at least the social debate takes place. We believe that’s necessary for social change,” stated Binh.

Binh said he thinks legalizing same-sex marriage would give the country a big boost in terms of Vietnam’s commitment to international human rights standards. The country has received growing criticism in recent years for restrictions on freedom of speech and the increasing numbers of political bloggers receiving jail terms.

Credited to http://www.voacambodia.com/content/hundreds-turn-out-to-support-same-sex-marriage-in-vietnam/1778455.html

WE ARE #ASEANtoo!

LGBT rights is human rights!

BC GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO SET THE NEW LEADERSHIP FOR BETTER RECOGNITION OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MSM AND TG PEOPLE IN ADDRESSING AND FACING CHALLENGES

 

 

Cambodia is one of the select countries projected to achieve the Millennium Development Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases, by 2015. For instance, data shows that the overall adult HIV prevalence is 0.7%, significantly decreased from 1.9% in 1997 and 90% of eligible people living with HIV receive treatment.

However, these gains remain fragile as long as pockets of high prevalence persist amongst the most-at-risk populations (MARPs), including the entertainment workers, injecting drug users (IDU), and in particular men who have sex with men (MSM). The prevalence amongst MSM is estimated at 4% in 2007 (4.5 times of the national prevalence). Discrimination and stigma has been one of the root causes that make MSM and Trans Gender (TG) people unable or unwilling to access health services. Besides the needs for effective prevention and treatment, this experience of stigma and discrimination points to the need to promote greater respect for their human rights (1).

The National MSM Network/ Bandanh Chaktomuk (BC), established in 2006, is a National Community Network for MSM and TGs in Cambodia, legitimately representing MSM and TG communities to advocate and promote participation in policies, strategy development, and programme implementation and monitoring in order to eliminate  discrimination against the communities, and to improve access to reproductive and sexual health, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services, livelihood, employment, legal services for each MSM and TG person.

The National Network of MSM and TG people/Bandanh Chaktomuk (BC) is organizing its third General Assembly on 23rd November 2012 in Phnom Penh. Five hundred MSM and TG members from ten selected provinces and partners are expected to attend the assembly. Besides electing the new leadership committee of the network, the General Assembly will review the progresses made and challenges faced in the last three years and discuss and identify the key priority actions to be considered in the Action Plan 2013 – 2014 to achieve network’s goals and objectives and goals. The Assembly is technically and financially supported by the National AIDS Authorities (NAA), Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Family Health International (FHI), Khmer HIV/AIDS NGO Alliance (KHANA) and UNESCO.

One of the most important agenda items of the General Assembly is the election of new Executive Committee. The BC Secretariat and Election Committee have organized a national registration campaign in ten provinces and municipalities to register community network membership and candidates for the Executive Committee, and orient them about the election process as well as the profile of the network. 35 Youth MSM and TG Volunteers supported the campaign. As a result of this exercise, 1205 MSM and TG people have registered to become official members of the network and nearly 100 of them have expressed their interests to be candidates for the new Executive Committee. Among the registered candidates, only seven will be elected by members during the General Assembly.

In addition to supporting  the organization of the General Assembly, UNESCO, together with UNAIDS, UNDP and National AIDS Authority, provided technical and financial assistance to BC network for conducting the Institutional Capacity Assessment and in drafting of the Action Plan 2013 – 2014. In 2013, UNESCO will continue provide technical support in enhancing the capacities of the newly elected Executive Committee for improved governance, communications and advocacy, community engagement and resource mobilization.

(1) Men Who Have Sex with Men in Cambodia: HIV/AIDS Vulnerability, Stigma, and Discrimination, POLICY, 2004 and MSM Rights Is Human Rights, HACC, April 2008

Send suspects Tengokhluon son Rape 13-year-old girl Battambang court

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Battambang: Female suspects Tengokhluon son (khtaey) police Sampov loun Detained build a case to court Battambang Court To legal action based on 17 September 2013 after receiving a complaint guardians accused the 13-year-old daughter Rape In Thai territory Since last July, decided to 10 times.

Detained The last time 9 and 30 Morning of September 16, 2013 in the village street flexible Angkor Sampov loun Battambang While suspects Returned from Thailand Inside the territory.

District police Sampov loun know that she suspects tengokhluon boy named chie keyboard 29 years old A resident in the village, the scene above. The girl suffered 13 years old.

Officials Specified Mother, girl victims Appeal since this past July by the accused chie keyboard pongrot 13-year-old daughter In Thai territory And the rape of a 13-year-old daughter Decided several After he found 13-year-old daughter With the suspects in the territory of Thailand And bring Cambodian territory.

Chie keyboard suspects confessed that really had sex with 13-year-old girl Decided 10 times In the territory of Thailand sure. Suspects that this is the 2nd and roubke pongrot the same Sex in the territory is a Women’s 1 There are more than 20 years old To rape. 2, rape is roubke using fingers Relief style (Stabaangael and employees) because roubke Just tengokhluon male.

Chin Seng said Currently, Build a case to force suspects Battambang court To legal action based on 17 September 2013. Vulnerable girls After the talent already chch Given to an organization in Battambang To help care And Vocational Training.

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បាត់ដំបង: ជនសង្ស័យ​ស្រី តែងខ្លួន​ធ្វើ​ប្រុស​ម្នាក់ (​ខ្ទើយ​) ត្រូវ​ប៉ូលិស​សំពៅ​លូន ឃាត់ខ្លួន​កសាង​សំណុំរឿង​បញ្ជូនទៅ​តុលាការ សាលាដំបូង​ខេត្តបាត់ដំបង ដើម្បី​ចាត់ការ​ទៅតាម​ផ្លូវច្បាប់ នា​ថ្ងៃទី​១៧ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ បន្ទាប់ពី​ទទួល​បណ្ដឹង​របស់​អាណា​ព្យាបាល ចោទថា នាំ​កូនស្រី​អាយុ​១៣​ឆ្នាំ​ម្នាក់ ទៅ​រំលោភ​ផ្លូវភេទ នៅក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ថៃ តាំងពី​ខែកក្កដា កន្លងមកនេះ បានសម្រេច ដល់​ទៅ​១០​ដង​។​


​ការឃាត់ខ្លួន​ជននេះ បានធ្វើ​ឡើង​កាលពី​ម៉ោង ៩​និង​៣០​នាទី ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃទី​១៦ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ នៅ​ភូមិ​ថ្នល់​បត់ ឃុំ​អង្គរ​បាន ស្រុក​សំពៅ​លូន ខេត្តបាត់ដំបង ខណៈពេល​ជនសង្ស័យ​នេះ បាន​វិលត្រឡប់​ពី​ប្រទេស​ថៃ ចូលមក​ខាងក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ខ្មែរ​វិញ​។
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​មន្ត្រីប៉ូលិស​ស្រុក​សំពៅ​លូន បានដឹងថា ជនសង្ស័យ ស្រី​តែងខ្លួន​ធ្វើ​ប្រុស​រូបនេះ មានឈ្មោះ ជៀម សុ​ឃីម អាយុ​២៩​ឆ្នាំ មាន​ទីលំនៅ​ក្នុងភូមិ​-​ឃុំ​កើតហេតុ​ខាងលើ​។ ចំណែក​ក្មេងស្រី​រងគ្រោះ អាយុ​១៣​ឆ្នាំ​។​
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​មន្ត្រី​រូបនេះ បាន​បញ្ជាក់ថា ម្តាយ​ក្មេងស្រី​រងគ្រោះ បាន​ប្ដឹង​តាំងពី​ក្នុង​ខែកក្កដា កន្លងមកនេះ ដោយ​ចោទ​ឈ្មោះ ជៀម សុ​ឃីម នាំ​ពង្រត់​កូនស្រី​អាយុ​១៣​ឆ្នាំ ចូលទៅ​នៅក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ថៃ ហើយ​បាន​រំលោភ​សេពសន្ថវៈ​លើ​រូប​កូនស្រី​អាយុ​១៣​ឆ្នាំ បានសម្រេច​ជាច្រើនលើក ក្រោយពី​រូបគាត់​តាម​ទៅរក​ឃើញ​កូនស្រី​អាយុ​១៣​ឆ្នាំ នៅ​ជាមួយ​ជនសង្ស័យ​ក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ប្រទេស​ថៃ ហើយ​នាំមក​ទឹកដី​កម្ពុជា​វិញ​។ ​

​ជនសង្ស័យ​ឈ្មោះ ជៀម សុ​ឃីម បាន​សារភាពថា ពិតជា​បានរួម​ភេទ​ជាមួយ​ក្មេងស្រី​អាយុ​១៣​ឆ្នាំ បានសម្រេច​ចំនួន​១០​ដង នៅក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ប្រទេស​ថៃ ប្រាកដ​មែន​។ ជនសង្ស័យ បាន​បន្តថា នេះ​ជា​លើក​ទី​២​ហើយ ដែល​រូបគេ បាន​នាំ​ពង្រត់​មនុស្ស​ស្រី​ដូចគ្នា ទៅ​រួមភេទ​នៅក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ថៃ គឺ​លើក​ទី​១ បាន​នាំ​នារី​ម្នាក់ មាន​អាយុ​ច្រើនជាង​២០​ឆ្នាំ ទៅ​រំលោភ​ផ្លូវភេទ​។ ទាំង​២ លើក​នេះ គឺ​រូបគេ រំលោភ​ដោយ​ប្រើ​ម្រាមដៃ និង​ប្រើ​ក្បាច់​តាម​ស្ទីល​បរទេស (​ស្ទាបអង្អែល​និង​លិ​ត​គ្នា​) ព្រោះ​រូបគេ​ក៏​ជា​ស្រី គ្រាន់តែ​តែងខ្លួន​ធ្វើ​ប្រុស​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ​។​
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​លោក ឈិ​ត សេង បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹងថា បច្ចុប្បន្ននេះ កម្លាំង​បាន​កសាង​សំណុំរឿង​បញ្ជូន​ជនសង្ស័យ ទៅ​តុលាការ​បាត់ដំបង ដើម្បី​ចាត់ការ​ទៅតាម​ផ្លូវច្បាប់ នៅ​ថ្ងៃទី​១៧ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣​។ ចំណែក​ក្មេងស្រី​រងគ្រោះ ក្រោយពី​ធ្វើ​កោសល្យ​វិ​ច្ច័​យ​រួចហើយ បានប្រគល់​ឲ្យ​ទៅ​អង្គការ​មួយ​នៅ​បាត់ដំបង ដើម្បី​ជួយ​ថែរក្សា និង​បណ្តុះបណ្តាល​វិជ្ជាជីវៈ​៕​

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