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Whereas, the Cambodian people, 140 persons in total, representing civic organizations, political parties, and communities from the United States of America, Canada, Europe and Cambodia, have gathered at a national conference on the 21st and 22nd day of October 2011 in the greater Washington DC area, as part of the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement signed on October 23, 1991;
Whereas, the discussions and debates were conducted by knowledgeable people and experts in the field who have closely monitored the situation in Cambodia since then;
Whereas, the Cambodian government did not take all necessary actions in conformity with the Paris Peace Agreement in regard to the maintenance of Cambodia sovereignty, the application of real democracy, an independent and non-corrupt judicial system, the full respect of human rights and freedoms of expression of the Cambodian people;
Whereas, the Cambodian government did not terminate treaties with foreign countries that were not compatible with Cambodia sovereignty and independence;
Whereas, the Cambodian government did not publicize the national legal map of Cambodia, thereby create confusion among the national and international public;
Whereas, the Cambodian government has allowed massive illegal aliens to resettle in the country, thereby posing a threat to the national security;
Whereas, the separation of power between the Executive, Legislative and Judicial in the Cambodian democracy is highly questionable;
Whereas, the elections in Cambodia have been far from being free and fair due the dominance of the ruling party; and
Whereas, the Cambodian people continue to have their rights abused -- especially in regard to the illegal eviction from their own land;
Be It Resolved:
- To demand that the Cambodian government to (a) Maintain its sovereignty as outlined in the “Agreement Concerning the Sovereignty, Independence, Territorial Integrity and Inviolability, Neutrality and National Unity of Cambodia” portion of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement (Articles 1 and 2), and (b) Implement and effectively enforce existing immigration and nationality laws;
- To demand that the Cambodian government and the signatory countries to disseminate the map/s of Cambodia currently in use.
A conference shall be convened to check the compatibility of past treaties with the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Cambodia in accordance with Article 5 of the same Agreement.
- To demand that the Cambodian government ensures that all future elections be free and fair. This will include (a) A national census of all citizens and including foreigners legal and illegal, to be collected from each province and to include data on national identity, (b) Allowing any Cambodians to register to vote freely and timely, including Cambodians living abroad, (c) Providing equal access to the media for opposition parties, including public debates with party in power, and (d) Making it illegal to use state property to serve any one political party.
- To request that the United Nations, the United States, all signatory countries to the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement, the Human Rights Watch, the Carter Center, evaluate the Cambodian National Election Committee, which must be independent of any political party affiliation and interference.
- To demand that the Cambodian government implement and ensure an independent judicial system whose judges are free of interference from political party.
- To demand that the Cambodian government to put an end to illegal land grabbing and abolish land concessions beyond renewable 30-year contracts, which have displaced many families and results in human rights violations.
Adopted in the City of Alexandria, Virginia, USA
This 22nd Day of October, 2011.
Co-Chairs of Cambodian National Conference 2011