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.

CEDAW takes up situation in Cambodia

Published by UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on 7 October 2013

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is holding its periodic review of Cambodia’s report on 8 October 2013. In the preparation thereof, CEDAW heard issues presented by Cambodian civil society organizations on 7 October 2013 which also addressed gender-based violence during the Khmer Rouge regime. This press release summarizes the dialogue between CEDAW and the Cambodian NGOs.

Students Call for KR Sex Crimes to Be Included in Curricula

Published by the Cambodian Daily on 26 September 2013

Following the Women’s Hearing with the Young Generation held on 24 September 2013 by CDP in cooperation with TPO and VSS, this article examines the recommendations made by the Student Panel which bore witness to the testimonies of four women survivors of gender-based violence during the Khmer Rouge regime.