The Cambodian government has been violently repressing the legitimate strike organized and participated by the majority of garment, textile and footwear workers demanding higher minimum wage.
Numerous media reports confirmed that the use of excessive force of the police and armed forces brutally killed at least four workers and severely injured 23 workers and supporters between 2nd and 3rd January 2014. Many arrests were made by authorities as well and 10 workers are under police and army custody up to date. It is very unfortunate that it was the government not the workers who initiated the violent clash between security forces and strikers.
Below are various petition, statement and press releases issued to support workers and trade union movement in Cambodia to demand the government of Cambodia to stop the violence.
- FORUM-ASIA: Open Letter by 47 Asian NGOs to Prime Minister Hun Sen
- Change.org: Sign Online Petition: Mr. Hun Sen to Stop the Brutal Suppression of Workers and Trade Unions in Cambodia
- Human Rights Watch: Detainees In Crackdown Denied Rights
- Workers Hub 4 Change: Action Protest in Front of the Embassy of Royal Kingdom of Cambodia
- APWLD: Global Week of Action against Gov’t Crackdown on Cambodian Protesters
- Strikers, Police Clash
- FIDH: Cambodia: Urging garment manufacturers to respect workers’ rights
- LICADHO: Authorities must reveal whereabouts of detainees immediately
- Series of crackdowns video over the 2-4 January 2014 by LICADHO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kjp4UGNUZGE#t=40
- Government of Cambodia to immediately stop brutally suppressing workers and union leaders
- Government of Cambodia to refrain from deploying violent measures against its own citizens
- Government of Cambodia