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I Have a Dream

 

- Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC on 28 August 1963

Full video (17 minutes). "We Shall Overcome" lyrics and history.


We, Cambodians, should not forget the patience, activism and courage of black America. President Barack Obama did not arise out of a vacuum but rode on the shoulders of giants who went before him. Let us Cambodians be "giants" for our children and children's children in the building of a better Cambodia. On the anniversary of this inspirational speech of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream, let us be reminded that history is not made by born-heroes but by ordinary individuals like Dr. King who did not shy away from extraordinary times and circumstances. - Theary Seng


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We are all moved into our new spacious villa office !!

Internet connected today - Yippee !!


CIVICUS/CJR:  Open for business!!

 


Receiving our first guests next week - a group of students from Initiative for Intercultural Learning, Switzerland (Thursday, 12 Aug. 2010).  Here, its leader Alissa Rosskopf (far left) with the lovely Lili Sisombat and her talented son and daughter Panhlauv and Bosba Panh.  Alissa is now the Youth Ambassador for CIVICUS based in Germany (Frankfurt) and Switzerland (Zurich), 3 Sept. 2010.

 

Theary Seng with Rotary Peace Fellows at CIVICUS, 6 Sept. 2010
Another set of guests - Rotary Peace Fellows from all over the world (6 Sept. 2010)

 

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CIVICUS is a partner of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights' Speak Truth to Power.  "Day of Affirmation Address at Cape Town University (Robert F. Kennedy, 6 June 1966).

John Heffernan of Speak Truth to Power at Hyannisport, Aug. 2010
Speak Truth to Power, Hyannis Port, MA July 2010
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Mandy Patimkin and Gloria Reuben rehearsing for a performance of Speak Truth to Power, Voices from Beyond the Dark in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (President Kennedy's summer White House) along with Kerry Kennedy and John Heffernan of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, Aug. 2010.

 

 

Theary Seng meeting with Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia, 17 Aug. 2010

Theary Seng meeting with Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia, 17 Aug. 2010


Officers and Advisory Council Meeting of the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims in Cambodia, AKRVC (17 Aug. 2010)

Theary Seng with Chea Theara, Sok Leang to discuss AKRVC, 23 Sept. 2010
Theary Seng, from founding adviser to newly-elected president of AKRVC, with her deputy president Mr. Chea Theara of Kampong Chhang, and CIVICUS-CJR adviser to ARKVC Sok Leang, having a working lunch at Theary's home, 23 Sept. 2010.


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The Asia Foundation Cambodia Country Representative writes about CJR public forum on July 23 and the Duch verdict.  The Asia Foundation is a donor of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR).


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Theary Seng after EU-Cambodia Seminar at Raffles Le Royal, 1 Sept. 2010
Theary Seng waiting for her ride after the EU-Cambodia Seminar on Human Rights Defenders (Raffles Le Royal, 1 Sept. 2010).  In thinking (wrongly) that the Chatham House Rules included the taking of photos, none were take of the workshop sessions.

 

EUROPEAN UNION-CAMBODIA

CIVIL SOCIETY SEMINAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS


THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND HUMAN

RIGHTS DEFENDERS

 

PHNOM PENH, 31 AUGUST – 1 SEPTEMBER 2010

VENUE “RAFFLES HOTEL”

AGENDA


31 AUGUST 2010.  DAY 1


08.00 - 08.30 Registration of participants


08.30 - 10.00         PLENARY SESSION: THE OPENING


08.30 –  08.45       Welcoming speech by Mr Rafael Dochao Moreno, Chargé d'Affaires a.i, Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia

08.45 – 09.00        Welcoming speech by a representative of the Royal Government of Cambodia TBC

09.00 – 09.15        Welcoming speech by Mr. Hang Chhaya, Chairman of Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) on behalf of Cambodian civil society

09.15 – 09.30        Welcoming speech by the representative of the Presidency of the EU, Mr Dominique Mas, Chargé d'Affaires a.i, Ambassade de France au Cambodge


09.30 – 10.00        Coffee break


10.00 - 12.00 SESSION 1: THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN CAMBODIA – EXCHANGE WITH CIVIL SOCIETY AND CAMBODIAN AUTHORITIES


Working Groups 1, 2 & 3:

Discussion in the three working groups will include:

-          Practical consideration on how human rights defenders and Cambodian authorities (village chiefs, commune and sangkats councillors, district and provincial councils and administrations)  can cooperate in order to facilitate their human rights efforts; and on how to protect human rights defenders to improve their rights and capacity (legally and in practice) to play their role

-          A discussion of the role of government officials at different levels and their specific achievements to date in the cooperation with civil society in the field of human rights

-          A discussion of the most effective means by which civil society may contribute to the debate around the development and implementation of government policy to protect human rights

-          Practical consideration of how representatives of civil society will build upon current human rights discussions in order to feed prioritised recommendations into the political dialogue in Cambodia

Each Working Group should devote about 40 minutes to each question, and discuss two questions during the morning session and two in the afternoon.


Working Group 1  (Urban)

10.00 – 10.30        Introductory panel:

Panellist 1: National Assembly (tbc)

Panellist 2: Mr Thun Saray, President, Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC)

Panellist 3: Trade Union representative

10.30 – 12.00 Discussion moderated by Norma Johnston, Good Cause Communications Ldt

 

Working Group 2  (Rural)

10.00 – 10.30        Introductory panel :

Panellist 1: Mr Bouth Chik, Member, Legislation Council, Ministry of Interior

Panellist 2: Mr Yeng Virak, Executive Director, Community Legal Education Centre

Panellist 3: Human Rights Defender (TBC)

10.30 – 12.00 Discussion moderated by Nov Mean Samnang, Ang Khmer Group


Working Group 3  (Gender)

10.00 – 10.30        Introductory panel:

Panellist 1: H.E. Hou Maline, Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Women's Affairs

Panellist 2: Ms Seng Theary, human rights activist, Founding President of CIVICUS: Center for Cambodian Civic Education

Panellist 3: Ms Sopheap Ros, Executive Director, Gender and Development for Cambodia (GAD/C)

10.30 – 12.00 Discussion moderated by Mr Seth Van Doorn, Attaché Political and Commercial Affairs, EU Delegation


12.00 - 13.30          LUNCH


13.30 – 15.00         SESSION 1 CONTINUES IN GROUPS

Working Group discussions continue


15.00 – 15.30        Coffee break


15.30 – 17.00 PLENARY SESSION

Presentation of the main outcomes of each Working Group, followed by a discussion


18.00 - 21.30          DINNER Restaurant Titanic, hosted by the European Union


1 SEPTEMBER 2010.  DAY 2


08.00 – 12.00         SESSION 2:  COOPERATION BETWEEN EUROPEAN AND CAMBODIAN CIVIL SOCIETY ON HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS


08.00 – 08.30 PLENARY SESSION

08.00– 08.30         Presentation of the UN Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms  and the EU Human Rights Defenders guidelines by Mr Vincent Forest, Head of EU office, Frontline


Working Groups 1, 2 & 3:

Discussion in the three working groups will include:

-          Examination of how international standards (for the protection of human rights defenders and their domestic application) and good human rights practices are being applied in Cambodia, highlighting achievements and challenges to date

-          Concrete opportunities for Cambodian and European NGO communities to contribute to the official human rights dialogue as well as to jointly apply for funding and the regulatory and legal framework for the protection of human rights defenders in Cambodia

-          Update from the July 2010 EU-NGO Forum in Brussels with specific reference to concrete support available to Cambodian NGOs

-          Assessment of the current development cooperation and financial instruments made available by EU Member States and the European Commission to Cambodia and those likely to be required in the longer term


Each Working Group should devote about 40 minutes to each question, and discuss two questions during the morning session and two in the afternoon.


Working Group 1  (Urban)

08.30 – 08.50        Introductory panel:

Panellist1: Mr Sok Sam Oeun, Executive Director, Cambodian Defenders Project

Panellist 2: Ms Namuezi Fedi, Technical Advisor on Access to Justice, Avocats sans frontières

08.50 – 10.15 Discussion moderated by Norma Johnston, Good Cause Communications Ldt


10.15 – 10.45        Coffee break


Working Group 2  (Rural)

08.30 – 08.50        Introductory panel:

Panellist 1: Ms Sao Sotheary, Project Manager, Bridges across Borders Cambodia (BABC)

Panellist 2: Mr Jens Tinga, Chargé de mission, Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l’homme (FIDH)

08.50 – 10.15 Discussion moderated by Nov Mean Samnang, Ang Khmer Group


10.15 – 10.45        Coffee break


Working Group 3  (Gender)

08.30 – 08.50 Introductory panel:

Panellist 1: Mr Ou Virak, President, Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR)

Panellist 2: Mr Patrick Burgess, Asia Director, International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)

08.50 – 10.15 Discussion moderated by Mr Seth Van Doorn, Attaché Political and Commercial Affairs, EU Delegation


10.15 – 10.45        Coffee break


10.45 – 12.00         PLENARY SESSION

Presentation of the main outcomes of the working groups, followed by a discussion


12.00 - 13.30          LUNCH


13.30 – 17.00         EU CONSULTATION WITH CIVIL SOCIETY

13.30 – 13.45        Explanation of the purpose of the recommendations in the view of the upcoming Human Rights Dialogue with Cambodia by Ms. Danielle Dal-Molin, Policy Desk for Cambodia, Unit South-East Asia, European Commission and Dr Malgorzata Olimpia Gorska, Policy Desk Officer, Unit Human Rights, European Commission


13.45 – 15.00        Discussion moderated by TBC


15.00 – 15.15        Coffee break


15.15 – 16.30        Formulation and adoption of recommendations


16.30 – 17.00        Wrap up, closing remarks






 

 

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