Issues

Focus on the Global South Statement on Palestine

Bangkok, 28 July 2014 -- The current phase of the sustained Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people has already resulted in over 800 deaths and shows no signs of abating.

 

We strongly condemn the manner in which Israel has used the most sophisticated weaponry to attempt to annihilate the Palestinian people citing the supposed threat the heavily armed Israeli state faces from the rockets of Hamas. The massacre of the Palestinians in Gaza, which is being treated as a spectator sport by some Israelis deserves international condemnation.

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UN Expert Calls on Cambodia's KDC Company to Halt Land Development and Violence

Photo by Heng Chivoan, Phnom Penh Post

A UN special rapporteur on Cambodia spoke out last week against abuses by KDC International Company with regard to a land development project that is threatening to eject Lor Peang villagers from their homes and destroy their livelihoods. The expert called for government oversight of the case and said villagers require access to justice. This came after an intense week-long standoff and a violent clash between guards hired by the company and local residents.

Villagers in Lor Peang, Cambodia, Face Continuing Violence and Intimidation by Military and Private Company

7 July 2014

The conflict over land in Lor Peang village, Kampong Chhnang province in Cambodia has entered its third day. Some prominent members of the community have been bought off by KDC--the company trying to seize the lands--with money and jobs. Other affected community members are holding firm and refuse to give up their lands.

Religious Groups in Philippines Hold Mass for Asia's Disappeared

Manila, 30 June 2014 -- A religious community in the Philippines is taking on the issue of enforced disappearances in Asia and initiating a campaign in collaboration with Focus on the Global South.The Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines' Office of Women and Gender Concerns, together with Focus, launched 'Let Us Not Forget' campaign through a solidarity mass at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on June 30.

Lives of Lor Peang Residents in Cambodia Threatened by Private Company and State Forces

In the early hours of the morning of July 7, 2014, armed police and military entered Lor Peang village in Taches Commune, Kampong Tralach District, Kampong Chhnang province, and surrounded the house of Um Sophy and her husband, Sngoun Gnoeugn. The police claimed that they want to serve a court summons to Sophy in connection with a land dispute between the residents of Lor Peang and KDC International, a Cambodian company owned by the wife of a powerful government minister.