Human Rights and Democracy workshop – 2
From 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm the following events occurred and items were discussed:
- Mr. Samorn spoke about ASEAN’s background.
- Mr. Areal from Malaysia who is the programme facilitator was introduced.
- The representative of Indonesia was introduced.
- The representative of Malaysia, Vanda Sala was introduced.
- The participant from the Thai province Patony, named Mr. Smel was introduced.
- The participant from Myanmar, Mr. Krish, was introduced. He focused on the LGBT community.
- The other participants came from Cambodian provinces such as: Kompong Soum, seam riep, Svay Reang, Krong Prah Seyhanuk, Kompong Cham, Kompong Speou, Koh Kong, and Kompong Chhnang, Steong Treng, Mondolkiri, Rottanakiri, Prah Vhear, Kompong Tom, and so on.
- The participant from Kompong Tom illustrated his community’s problem about land concession issue.
- Prum Leakna from Ssvay Reang spoke about children’s issues
- The participant from Kompong Tom discussed environmental issues, such as the villagers always cutting down the trees. It is unequal because some officials have many cutting machines, but the villagers just use hand tools.
- A man from Koh kong illustrated people’s condition when they suffer the loss of land.
- Mr. Areal also spoke about ASEAN as a whole and asked participants “Will ASEAN policy succeed or not if a lot of people in Asian countries are suffering from these issues?”
- Videos clips from the Philippines about a Voting Campaign were shown. The video illustrated how some politicians used money to buy votes. Some people related to the politicians were murdered. A character in the video said that, “He wins the election because of the bad activities of other representatives of other political parties and also other politicians.”
- Mr. Areal discussed the idea that some political parties that give the gifts such as: rice, noodle, Sarong, and so on, to the people in order to encourage them to vote for.
- Mr. Smel talked about the election in Patony in Thaland. Some political parties in Thailand uses the money to buy or to encourage the people to vote for them. In southern Thailand they cannot use money like that, because the indigenous people want the representative to be of the same race.
- The Indonesian delegate talked about some problem such as corruption.
- A Burmese man said that in Myanmar there is no real democracy. The representatives of government are not good. Some politicians are their relatives. When there’s an election, the politicians join for voting. Because of this, it can make the people scared.
- Mr. Areal said in a democratic country there must be the respect of Human Rights, no discrimination and so on.
- Next a video clip of southern Thailand was shown, which illustrated children’s rights violations. Some suspects were punished and strongly hurt. Some suspects who were to young to receive punishment from the law were also badly punished and warned off. The government officers abused the law. They abused children’s rights. Many people in Southern Thailand like the youth and children. This case can be strongly affected by the government because the people in Southern Thailand are suffering from the abuse by the government officers. If the government officers want to investigate the children or punish them they should know clearly about the rights of children. Therefore government officers cannot abuse the suspects’ rights.
- Mr. Areal talked about child’s rights and good governance. For people below 18 years old the government should not abuse their rights, he said.
- Mr. Smel from Patony in Thailand also talked about the people in Patony. They want to be independent. People do not recognize that they have real independence. People in Patony demand independence from Thailand. They demand the three provinces: Yala province, Naratiwat province, and Patony province become free.
– Ly Sovann