Oct. 30, 2010. Boeung Kak residents met with Deputy UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Kyung-wha Kang at the UN OHCHR office. The meeting was organised in response to the residents’ request to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. During the meeting, community representatives described the situation facing residents in the Boeung Kak area, and described the ongoing human rights violations they are subjected to. The representatives also handed over 310,000 riels to Ms Kang, a donation they had collected in support of victims of flooding in Pakistan.
Ms Kang listened to the representatives, and stated that she would raise the issue with the government at every opportunity, report back to the Secretary General about the situation at Boeung Kak, and further use her own channels to urge the Cambodian government to live up to its obligations under its own and international laws and standards.
The UN also reports that Ms Kang raised the incident of the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters outside the Khmer-Soviet friendship hospital on Oct. 28 at a meeting with the Secretary of State of the Interior Ministry, and that she expressed concern over the use of excessive force against peaceful petitioners. Click here for more.