Banteay Srei hosts a 5 day staff reflection, learning and strategic plan development meeting

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Banteay Srei staff met in Siem Reap from 16th – 20th September for the staff reflection, learning and strategic plan development meeting. The 5 day meeting began with a day reflecting on key issues and solutions that were raised in the previous meeting in order to share experiences with the different teams and departments. Key progress made on challenging cases and difficulties in reporting, monitoring and implementing activities were discussed in order to review feasible solutions which could be applied to other departments and offices.

The following 3 days of the meeting, 17-19 September was hosted by independent consultant Carol Strickler who is working closely with Banteay Srei to assist in developing the next strategic plan 2014 – 2017. Participation is one of Banteay Srei’s key program approaches and they involve staff at levels, including relevant stakeholders in the development of strategic planning. Banteay Srei staff have been encouraged to actively participate in the development of this strategy through discussing and exploring the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) of current objectives, exploring deeply what Banteay Srei’s Vision, Mission and Values mean to them and their projects and through examining Banteay Srei projects and activities in light of global and regional contexts.

During these 3 days, staff discussed current poverty rates, land access statistics, global disability prevalence rates, rural-urban migration, gender imbalance in labor and salary, gender gap index and representation of women in politics and shared their insights into ways in which the latest trends and statistics are impacting projects and activities in real life. The purpose of this exercise was for staff to feedback on ways in which activities could be re-focussed to adapt to the latest challenges and issues faced by beneficiaries.

Banteay Srei staff worked in breakout groups to brainstorm the true values of their work, key components to be included in the organisation’s theory of change, and to discuss and understand the needs of Banteay Srei’s key stakeholders across the value chain.

DSC02396On the 5th day of the meeting, the Communication and Donation Liaison Advisor and Coordinator delivered training on the   Staff were asked to consider key confidentiality and safety and security measures to implement through the social media policy and to brainstorm improvements of internal communications to improve project delivery and reporting mechanisms to donors.

Throughout the 5 days, Banteay Srei staff demonstrated an energetic approach and active participation in all discussions and activities and key progress was made in developing the strategic development plan, the social media policy and internal communication processes.Staff discuss key compenents of Banteay Srei's theory of change

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Civil Society partners release joint statement condomning indiscriminate police brutality amid mass post-election protest

We, the undersigned organizations, condemn in the strongest terms the indiscriminate police brutality which occurred on Sunday 15th September that left one young person dead and several more injured when armed forces were given the green light to use live ammunition in a crowd of commuters, local residents and demonstrators.

After a largely peaceful day of demonstrations marking the first day of a planned three-day protest by opposition party CNRP, tensions escalated late on Sunday night. Barbed wire barricades had cut off major arteries of the city throughout the day, resulting in traffic chaos at key locations in the capital.

Near Monivong Bridge, police reacted with physical violence and tear gas to a late-evening stand-off between hundreds of police and a crowd of those caught up in the traffic, including commuters, local residents and demonstrators.  The scene quickly escalated as military police geared up to use live ammunition, according to witnesses.

29-year-old Mao Sok Chan was shot in the head and died on the scene. A confirmed nine more men were seriously injured and taken to hospitals. Eight of these men were found to have bullet wounds. Many more young men, including teenagers, were beaten bloody by police.

One man had his right leg fractured by a bullet and another was hit by a bullet in his left forearm. They were taken to Russian Hospital, with another man who suffered head lacerations from beatings. Six more men were taken to Calmette Hospital, all suffering from bullet wounds.

Initial responses from military police authorities demonstrate a disturbing lack of concern about the excessive use of force. Kheng Tito, a military police spokesman, is quoted in the Phnom Penh Post as claiming that ‘if they are good protestors, they wouldn’t be protesting [at night]… so authorities have the right to crack down’.

‘It looks as if security forces were ordered to fire live weapons indiscriminately into a crowd of unarmed people,’ says Sar Mora, Head of Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation. ‘This is clearly not a necessary and proportionate use of force and demonstrates the authorities’ blatant disregard for the Cambodian people.’

Earlier in the day, residents and protestors had attempted to tear down barricades at a major intersection of Phnom Penh which blocked the entrance to the Royal Palace and a park where residents go to pray. An ambulance with flashing lights was also blocked from accessing Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital. Police attempted to disperse the crowd with water cannons and tear gas, but the demonstration was effectively stopped when CNRP leader Sam Rainsy called on demonstrators to return to Freedom Park.

About 3,000 CNRP supporters remained in the park overnight to continue their three-day demonstration, despite directives from the government ordering them to leave the park by 6pm.

The day began with CNRP leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha heading separate marches from Tuol Kork and Meanchey districts. The marches culminated at Freedom Park, where approximately 30,000 supporters gathered to hear the opposition leaders call for a solution to what they allege are massive election irregularities. The demonstration is planned to last for another two days. On Monday morning, leaders and representatives from CPP and CNRP met at the National Assembly to discuss ways forward.

Both leading parties now need to commit to prioritizing human rights and the protection of Cambodian people in all political discussions over the coming days,’ says Naly Pilorge, Director of LICADHO.  ‘This tragedy has shown that without this commitment, there can be no guarantees of peace and security for Cambodia.’

Throughout the day, CNRP leaders vocally encouraged their supporters to protest peacefully and refrain from violence. CNRP leaders intervened several times to ease tensions at roadblocks.

‘This tragedy was entirely avoidable,’ says Tim Malay, President of Cambodia Youth Network. ‘We need to know who permitted the police forces to use live ammunition. Their response was not proportionate to any threat posed by the young demonstrators.’

We, the undersigned organizations, call on authorities to conduct thorough, prompt and fully independent investigations into all incidents of excessive use of force yesterday, including who ordered the police to use live ammunition and the circumstances around which this was permitted. Anyone found responsible for human rights violations must be brought to justice without delay, and redress provided to victims and their families.

  • Action for Environment and Community (AEC)
  • Banteay Srei
  • Boeung Kak Lake Community (BKL)
  • Borei Keila Community (BK)
  • CamASEAN
  • Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM)
  • Cambodian Confederation Unions (CCU)
  • Cambodian Food and Service Worker Federation (CFSWF)
  • Cambodia’s Independent Civil-Servants Association (CICA)
  • Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)
  • Cambodian Worker Center for Development (CWCD)
  • Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC)
  • Community Legal Education Centre (CLEC)
  • Community Peace-Building Network (CPN)
  • Empowering Youth in Cambodia (EYC)
  • Equitable Cambodia (EC)
  • Farmer Development Association (FDA)
  • Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA)
  • Messenger Band (MB)
  • Neutral and Impartial Committee for Free and Fair Election in Cambodia (NICFEC)
  • People’s Action for Change (PAC)
  • Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT)
  • Social Action for Change (SAC)
  • Strey Khmer
  • The Cambodian NGO Committee on CEDAW (NGO-CEDAW
  • Thmor Kol Community

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Am Sam Ath, Monitoring Supervisor of LICADHO: 012 327 770

Mr. Sar Mora, Head of CFSWF: 016 525 781

Mr. Tim Malay, President of CYN: 017 990 689

Messenger Band (MB)

Messenger Band (MB)

Messenger Band (MB)

Messenger Band (MB)
Messenger Band (MB)
People’s Action for Change (PAC)