Rasmei Kampuchea Daily
Publication Date : 12-11-2012
Civil society groups plan to meet on
Tuesday and Wednesday to prepare petitions to present to leaders
attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and related
summit meetings starting Thursday.
Thida Khus, executive director of Silaka, said about 400 organisations would discuss the petitions.
"The petitions to regional and world
leaders on Friday will focus on land disputes, evictions, economic
development, the rights of migrant workers and other rights," she said.
She added that the petitions would also
seek National Election Committee reforms and the involvement of
opposition party leader Sam Rainsy in next year's elections.
Tith Sothea, a spokesman at the Office of
the Council of Ministers, said the groups should contribute to
Cambodia's development rather than tarnishing the nation.
"Civil society groups in Cambodia should
promote the reputation of Cambodia under its chairmanship," he said,
noting that none of the demands were new.
The United States, China, Russia, India,
Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand are taking part in this
year's summit in addition to the 10 Asean members, making it the largest
international event every held in Cambodia.