សមាជប្រជាជនអាស៊ាន

ASEAN Grassroots Peoples Assembly

ABOUT AGPA

What is the ASEAN Grassroots Peoples Assembly (AGPA)

AGPA is a four-day event bringing together 2000 activists and grassroots networks members from all around Cambodia and 200 grassroots activists and partners from the ASEAN region. AGPA will combine cultural celebration and exchange, workshops to analyse issues form a national and regional perspective and a final day of rally action to bring the issues and campaign for change to the attention of Cambodian and ASEAN leaders as well as to the national, regional and international media.

AGPA is being organized as a Cambodian process with the solidarity and involvement of our regional allies and partners in ASEAN. It is an event born from grassroots activists, groups and networks organizing and mobilizing in Cambodia in order to have their own voices and problems heard directly from themselves, not mediated through NGOs or platforms dominated by NGOs.

Goal of AGPA

To increase public awareness of ASEAN, trade and investment trends, human rights, the negative impacts of development as well as to expand democratic space so that the government and the international community are pressured and encouraged to ensure greater respect and enforcement of people’s human rights.

Objectives of AGPA

  • To mobilize grassroots people for positive change
  • To highlight and advocate for action on land issues, the negative impacts and trends of investment and other serious social issues for grassroots people
  • To highlight AHRD as a serious concern for ASEAN civil society and ASEAN peoples
  • To strengthen the grassroots people’s solidarity within Cambodia and identify common problems, trends, solutions and action
  • To strengthen solidarity between Cambodian grassroots people and other ASEAN grassroots people and identify common problems, trends and solutions
  • To strengthen the movement for social justice, including respect for human rights, transparency and good governance.

Target groups of AGPA
Direct Target Groups are:

  • 2000 activists and grassroots networks members who will participate in the 4-day AGPA event
  • An extra 2000 network and union members (mostly from Phnom Penh and nearby provinces) who will join the 4th day
  • 200 regional grassroots activists and partners

Indirect Target Groups are:

  • The Cambodian public
  • Government officials, international human rights agencies and the media
  • Regional policymakers and regional-based civil society

Who is the Cambodian Cross-Sector Network

AGPA is being organized by the Cambodian Cross-Sector Networks which is a core group of grassroots organizations and organizers. These networks of people are farmers, fisher-folk, forestry activists, land activists, indigenous people, women issues activists, labour activists, sex workers, youth activists, anti-eviction activists, anti-capitalism activists, LGBT activists, artists, singers and more. In order to organise AGPA, the core group formed committees drawn from their participating networks, as well local and regional partners.

Including:

  • BKL – Beoung Kak Lake activists
  • CCFC – Coalition of Cambodia Farmer Community
  • CFSWF – Cambodia Food Service Worker Federation
  • CICA – Cambodia Independent Civil Servant Association
  • CYN – Cambodia Youth Network
  • FAPD – Farmer Association for Peace and Development
  • FNN – Farmer Nature Network
  • IDEA – Independent Democracy of Informal Economic Association
  • IRAM – Indigenous Rights Active Members
  • Oral Network – land activists in Kompong Speu, Kompong Chnang, Pursat, Koh Kong provinces
  • MB – Messenger Band
  • PAC – People’s Action for Change and individual PACtivists
  • Phnom Kouk Network – land activists in Pursat and Kompong Chnang provinces
  • RoCK – Rainbow Community Kampuchea
  • SAC – Social Action for Change
  • WIC – Worker’s Information Centre
  • WNU – Women’s Network for Unity

Cambodia civil society partners include – Action for Environment and Community (AEC), Building Community Voice (BCV), Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), Strey Khmer.

Regional partners include – Focus on the Global South, Forum Asia (FA), Asia-Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), South East Asian Committee for Advocacy (SEACA), Asia Monitoring Resource Centre (AMRC), International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH).

Who can be part of AGPA

Anyone who has the following values and principles can be part of us:

  • Pro-grassroots activists, groups, networks, NGOs- at a local, national, regional, international level
  • People-led groups and NGOs, where the voice of the people decides
  • Organsiations who have already worked with us and whom we trust

What are AGPA’s guiding principles

  • to strengthen the rights and benefits to vulnerable people
  • to be independent and democratic
  • to ensure participation with understanding
  •  to have strong commitment and solidarity

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Countdown to the Assembly!

ASEAN Grassroots Peoples AssemblyNovember 13th, 2012
Together people are the power!
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