Working Together for Justice, Lasting Peace and Stability An Appeal by International NGOs to the Royal Government of Cambodia

9th June 2016
To: His Excellency Prak Sokhonn,
Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia


We, the undersigned international NGOs, recognise the Royal Government of Cambodia's commitment to global agreements and frameworks, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We note that the quest for sustainable development is reflected in policy documents such as the 2014 - 2018 National Strategic Development Plan and the "Rectangular Strategy" of the Royal Government of Cambodia.

We share the commitment and belief that progress in achieving SDGs and other social, economic, environmental or political goals requires strong social systems through which citizens interact with each other and with their government.

Recent events, however, lead us to believe that a number of civil society organisations that promote accountability and transparency have been con­sidered by the government as a threat to the stability of Cambodia .

We believe these organisations make important contributions to human development, and a stable society ready for growth and prosperity. We believe that the international charters to which Cambodia is a signatory (such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) recognise democratic values including the freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial. We also believe that the Constitution of Cambodia simi­larly provides a framework for protection and respect of rights.

While maintaining a spirit of partnership and cooperation, we appeal to the Royal Government of Cambodia to:

  • Promote, protect, and respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of Cambodian people enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenants to which Cambodia is a party.

  • Ensure Cambodian citizens are not arrested where their actions have not contravened law and where their actions are the expression of their rights.

  • Ensure there is no judicial harassment against Cambodian citizens who are working to protect people's rights.

  • Ensure there is space for democratic participation, advancement of human rights and development processes.

This statement is endorsed by:

  1. ACT Alliance

  2. ActionAid International

  3. Aide et Action Cambodia

  4. Asian Legal Resource Center (AHRC -Asia)

  5. Union Aid Abroad -APHEDA

  6. Bread for the World

  7. CAFOD

  8. Christian Aid

  9. Church World Service


  11. Cord

  12. DanChurchAid

  13. Dan mission

  14. Diakonia

  15. The Finish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM)

  16. Fin Church Aid

  17. Forum Asia

  18. Forum Syd

  19. Franciscans International


  21. Henrich Boll Foundation

  22. ICCO Cooperation

  23. International Relief and Development Cambodia

  24. Johanniter International Assistance

  25. Kepa

  26. Mekong Plus Cambodia

  27. Mennonite Central Committee


  29. Mission Alliance


  31. Norwegian People's Aid

  32. OT Watch Mongolia

  33. Oxfam

  34. Pact

  35. People in Need

  36. Southeast Asia Development Program


  38. Welthungerhilfe

  39. World Renew

  40. WWF

  41. Zo Indigenous Forum