Oct. 4, 2010. Hundreds of residents from urban poor communities in Phnom Penh met at Chenla Theatre to mark World Habitat Day, despite the increasing pressure particularly on Boeung Kak residents who now face regular human rights violations.
Community members spoke of the plight facing them, while Christophe Peschoux, Country Director of OHCHR, delivered a message from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon which called for commitment to create better cities and bring an end to urban poverty.
A minute’s silence was held in respect for those affected by land and housing rights violations in Cambodia, after which NGO groups read out a media statement calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s intervention in the situation at Boeung Kak.
For VOA coverage of the event, click here.
For Phnom Penh Post coverage click here.