First of June Calls for Encouragement for Children to Have Full Rights and Education – Tuesday, 2.6.2009

Posted on 2 June 2009. Filed under: Week 615 |

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 615

“Phnom Penh: First June is the International Child Labor Day which is celebrated countrywide. In Cambodia, the government does not include First of June as a day off, but it is seen that different organizations working with children celebrate this International Child Labor Day.


It is interesting that there are several different world wide initiatives to focus on the situation of children by observing a special day. There is also confusion in the media which one is which. It is difficult to see whether the multiplicity of occasions and organizations involved is a sign of strength or not – even for the name of the 12 June memorials there are three different versions. Only some of the various sources are linked here:

“A program official of the Krousar Thmey organization, Mr. Sok Sophana, said that the government and organizations working for children’s rights celebrate this event, and working teams of the Krousar Thmey Organization campaign along the streets from 1 to 5 June 2009 to encourage street children to know their rights.

“The challenging conditions children face now are labor abuse, sexual abuse, and violence against children. Mr. Sok Sophana acknowledged that the conditions of children at present are improving; however, child sex trafficking is occurring at a worrying rate. He added that this results from poor family living condition and from the social environment.

“It should be noted that according to the website of a Cambodian children’s organization, it is estimated that there are about 100,000 prostitutes countrywide. In Phnom Penh, there are about 17,000 prostitutes, among which 30% are children under the age of eighteen selling sexual services, involving around 5,000 children.

“A report of the Cambodian Children’s Fund shows that the Cambodian conditions for children are among the condition of countries with the most serious abuse cases against children in the world. Cambodian children are hurt by the society, through labor exploitation, sexual trafficking, and domestic violence. What causes children to fall in such bad situations are poor family living conditions, incompetent parents, and chronic diseases which force children to seek income to support their families. The report continues to say that 38% of nearly 5 million Cambodian children under the age of fifteen cannot gain education due to their economic problems and their social environment.” Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #200, 2.6.2009

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #200, 2.6.2009

  • First of June Calls for Encouragement for Children to Have Full Rights and Education
  • An Expert Team of UNESCO Came to Check the Angkor Wat Temple [and agreed with the installation of electricity bulbs at the temple]
  • An Environmental Exhibition Is Held from 1 to 4 June 2009 at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia
  • 1,500 Boys Have Hemophilia in Cambodia [according the National Children’s Hospital]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.8, #1959, 2.6.2009

  • Khmer Kampuchea Krom People Ask the Royal Government to Include 4 June as a National Holiday [remembering the loss of Kampuchea Krom territory to Vietnam]

Kateyut, Vol.1, #1, 1.6.2009

  • Law for Financial Leasing [“With a leasing product, a bank etc. buys and owns the asset a customer requires. The customer then hires it from the bank etc., paying rental over a pre-determined period”] Is Adopted by the National Assembly [Article 2 of the law states that this law aims to develop banking and other financial systems in order to ease equal, safe, effective, and productive financial leasing operations following the economic growth of Cambodia]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.42, #6665, 2.6.2009

  • The Situation of Garment Factories: More Than 70 Factories Closed and Others Operate with Only One Quarter of Their Productivity
  • Indian Man Operates a Cow Farm for Milk [in Cambodia]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.16, #3773, 2.6.2009

  • The United States of America Continues to Encourage the Cambodian Government to Adopt an Anti-Corruption Law Soon [the US Ambassador, Ms. Carol Rodley, recently presided over the Clean Palms Concert at the Olympic Stadium; she stated that according to various studies, Cambodia loses US$500 million per year through corruption; if this money were used to increase the salaries for civil servants, they could get US$260 per month. She expressed the hope that the Cambodian government will adopt an anti-corruption law soon]
  • The Sam Rainsy Party Supports an Amendment of the Election Law
  • The Sam Rainsy Party Is Threatened through the Court System to Have Its Voice Eliminated

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.17, #4909, 2.6.2009

  • Among the About One Million Khmers from Kampuchea Krom [in Cambodia], Only 60% Have Identification Cards [according to the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Coordinating Committee]
  • The Bar Association Summons Ms. Mu Sochua’s Lawyer [Mr. Kong Sam On, over a complaint lodged against him by a defense lawyer of Prime Minister Hun Sen, Mr. Ky Tech]
  • Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization Asks for Opportunities for Disabled Children to Receive 9-Year Basic Education
  • South Korea Wants to Establish an [economic] Community with ASEAN
  • Mr. Pao Hamphan Is Nominated as Ratanakiri Governor

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