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A Petition for All Cambodians:

Khmer citizens, garment workers, sex workers, beer-promotion women, university students, individual advocates, community members, moto-taxi drivers, vendors, farmers, union members, teachers, government officials, NGO staff, and global citizens, share an urgent concern for the future of freedom of speech in Cambodia.

In view of the serious concerns regarding the criminal charges against Member of Parliament H.E. Ms. Mu Sochua relating to the defamation of Prime Minister Hun Sen, please support our sister Mu Sochua and the cause she has tirelessly dedicated her life to, human rights and particularly women and children's rights.

 

Letter to
Royal Government of Cambodia
For nearly three decades, there have been significant development efforts to improve the situation
of women in Cambodia, focusing particularly on living standards, education, healthcare, and the
rule of law. We appreciate efforts from all in Cambodia, most especially the Royal Government,
and what we ask for is more—more support and additional concrete commitments to advance
women’s human rights for all Cambodian women. Government responses to women’s issues are
still limited in practice, even though their rights have been discussed extensively by the authorities
as well as human rights defenders and civil society. As a result, discrimination against women
continues. The number of women who hold high positions is still less than that of men; only twenty-two percent of Cambodian parliamentarians are women. Yet, this does not reflect an increase in
decision-making power. There is still a lack of freedom of expression, enforced human rights, and
an equitable judicial system. Ultimately, this discourages women from pursuing politics.

As Khmer citizens, garment workers, sex workers, beer-promotion women, university students,
individual advocates, community members, moto-taxi drivers, vendors, farmers, union members,
teachers, government officials, NGO staff, and global citizens, we share an urgent concern regarding the freedom of speech in our country. We believe in the potential that Cambodia has to become a great nation respecting equality and rights for all. Therefore, in view of our serious concerns regarding the criminal charges against Member of Parliament H.E. Ms. Mu Sochua relating to the defamation of Prime Minister Hun Sen, we must step forward. We support our sister Mu Sochua and the cause she has tirelessly dedicated her life to, human rights and particularly women and children's rights.

MP Mu Sochua is a role model offering hope and a voice to women throughout Cambodia and the
world. Allowing Mu Sochua to be imprisoned will not only take away one of Cambodia’s most
important political figures and human rights advocates but will also symbolically undermine the
voice of all Cambodian women.

We call on the Royal Government of Cambodia to show strong commitment and take more visible
responsibility in the promotion of:

• Women’s roles and participation in politics
• Women’s rights
• Freedom of expression
• A fair judicial system

We believe that to improve Cambodia as a democratic country, we must encourage women leaders
at all levels, particularly as political leaders. They can provide an important model and source of
hope for all women - today and for generations to come.