CDP welcomes CEDAW recommendations to government on sexual violence during the Khmer Rouge regime

Published by Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) on 25 October 2013

Following the Concluding Observations issued by the Committee to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) on 21 October 2013, CDP issued this press release to exress their support for CEDAW’s statements and recommendations on sexual violence during the Khmer Rouge regime. CDP calls on the government to fully comply with the obligations stipulated by CEDAW.

Cambodian Women’s Oral History Project is now online

On 24 October 2013, the website of the Cambodian Women’s Oral History Project was launched.

The Cambodian Women’s Oral History Project collects testimonials from women who survived the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia between 1975-1979. Unique in its life story approach, the project aims to increase understanding of the ways in which women were uniquely impacted by the atrocity, including as victims of widespread sexual violence and gender-based abuse. This is a  story that has been silenced and neglected for close to 40 years.

Visit the Cambodian Women’s History Project here.

CEDAW calls for redress for sexual violence during Khmer Rouge

On 21 October 2013, the Committee to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) published their Concluding Observations on the periodic review of Cambodia. In it, the Committee urges the government to provide effective redress to victims of sexual violence committed during the Khmer Rouge regime and develop effective non-judicial transitional justice programmes, including the provision of adequate reparations, psychological and other appropriate support. It also demands the full incorporation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on the impact of armed conflict on women and girls in the domestic National Action Plan to End Violence Against Women.

Download the full Concluding Observations here.

CEDAW issues new General Recommendation on women in and after conflict

On 18 October 2013, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued its latest General Recommendation Number 30 which focuses on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations. One section is dedicated to ensuring women’s full engagement during transitional justice processes, including their participation in judicial and non-judicial transitional justice mechanisms and their right to remedy in particular for gender-based violence. These recommendations complement the CEDAW Convention and are binding on all member states.

Download the full text here.

Go to Publications and Materials for CDP’s written submission to CEDAW on this General Recommendation.