ANNUAL REPORT 2015 AND ANNUAL REFLECTION MEETING RETREAT Held –(on 17 February 2016 at Eden Park)
On February 17, 2016 MIRO conducted a one-day retreat for our Annual Reflection Meeting between MIRO staff and Board of Directors at Eden Park Restaurant under facilitation of our Executive Director of MIRO. Nineteen participants attended. First, Executive Director Mr. Sourn Butmao welcomed and thanked MIRO Board of Directors and MIRO staff for attending the meeting. He explained the objective, expected outcome and agenda, which included discussing the implementation of the project and sharing our experiences with each other. Then, board member Mr. Sam Sokong gave a welcome speech, expressing his hope that this meeting would bring the advantages and disadvantages of MIRO to light in order to find the resolution for MIRO’s further progression. Finally, he opened the meeting.
Narrative Report 2015 (01 February 31 December)
“Decreasing Statelessness Among Former Vietnamese and Khmer Krom Refugees in Cambodia”
MIRO was established on 07 June 2012 by a group of Cambodian experts who have extensive experiences in the fields of human rights and law and have worked with minority groups in Cambodia for more than 10 years. And was legally recognized as national human rights NGO in Cambodia on 28 January 2013 and recognized new executive director and amendment statute on 10 June 2015 by the Ministry of Interior (MOI) with the mission to promote and protect the rights and interests of minorities in Cambodia.
Report Debrief Meeting Fate:29 February 2016
A Debrief Meeting of MIRO between MIRO staff and provincial staff/key persons is held on 29 February 2016 at MIRO office in Phnom Penh under facilitation by Project Officer, 9 participants attended the meeting.
Quarterly Report (01 January 31 March 2016)
“Empowerment of Khmer Krom Women to Political Participation and Gender Equality” Human Rights and Democracy Program 2016
Khmer Krom women will have access to equal rights – including gender equality and participation in decision making processes – and are protected by law.
Protection and Empowerment of Khmer Krom Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia
Overview of the implemented activities, indicating possible deviations from the plans for the project.
Gender Equality and Domestic Violence Workshop in Sre Ambel, Koh Kong Province 27th-29th April 2015
The project “Empowerment of Khmer Krom Women to Political Participation and Gender Equality”. Funded by Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation Cambodia. Through this project, MIRO seeks to increase the understanding of women rights and gender equality in Khmer Krom communities, to build the capacity of Khmer Krom women to advocate for their rights and to encourage Khmer Krom women to actively participate in communal development and political decision making. And this project is implemented in three provinces: Takeo, Koh Kong, and Sihanouk Ville.
View the full report here
Research Trip Report to the Takeo 24th-26thApril 2015
As a part of MIRO’s Statelessness project, MIRO staff went on a three day research trip to the Takeo Province from the 24th to the 26th April, 2015. The purpose of the trip was to investigate and record the concerns and problems faced by the Khmer Krom communities in the Takeo Province,
including the impact of the legal status of these communities.
Quarterly Progressive Report 01 January to 31 March 2015
MIRO work is slowly trying to improve the quality of life for the Khmer Krom and ethnic Vietnamese communities in Cambodia, especially for women, by using its projects and workshops, such as by trying to help educate them of Human, Women and child rights. Though there has been some initial success so far, MIRO is going to continue to advocate to the Cambodian Government and request a clarification of its policy regarding Khmer Krom and to issue guidelines that allow for Khmer Krom and ethnic Vietnamese to become Cambodian nationals.
Report of Workshop at Takeo Province
The workshop lasted one full day, from 08:00am to 17:00pm. The majority of the participants were very much glad to have been able to attend this workshop and expressed gratitude, as Khmer Krom people, to have the occasion to voice their concerns about their rights.
Final Report of the Phase I From 01 Feb – 30 March 2015 (2 Months)
With funding from GIZ, MIRO has implemented its project “Decreasing Statelessness among Former Vietnamese Refugees in Cambodia (Phase I)” from February to March 2015. The first phase of the project “Decreasing Statelessness among Former Vietnamese Refugees in Cambodia (Phase I)”is planned for three implementations. Download the full report here
Research Trip Report to Pursat Province 19th-22nd March 2015
As a part of MIRO’s Statelessness project, MIRO staff went on a three day research trip to Pursat Province from the 19th to the 22st March, 2015. The purpose of the trip was to investigate and record the concerns and problems faced by the ethnic Vietnamese communities in the Pursat Province, including the impact of the legal status of the community. The trip included stops at three ethnically Vietnamese communities on the: Raing Teul, Kosh Ka Ak, and Kampong Loung.
Report on Establish Contact with Communities to Pursat Province March 2 – 4, 2015
As a part of MIRO’s Statelessness project, MIRO staff went on a three day trip to Pursat Province from March 2nd through March 4th to establish contact with communities and authorities. The purpose of the trip was to “establish contact with local, commune and provincial authorities, and identify their view on the legal status of ethnic Vietnamese”. The trip included stops at three ethnically Vietnamese communities: Raing Teul, Kos Ka ak, and Kampong Loung.
Report on Staffs Capacity Building
On Thursday the 27th February 2015, MIRO met with its provincial staff in Phnom Penh. The purpose of this meeting was to build regional staff capacity for completing MIRO’s Statelessness Project. The meeting also provided opportunities for regional staff to add their input to the Statelessness project. The meeting was attended by three regional staff as well as four staff members from Phnom Penh and one international intern.On Thursday the 27th February 2015, MIRO met with its provincial staff in Phnom Penh. The purpose of this meeting was to build regional staff capacity for completing MIRO’s Statelessness Project. The meeting also provided opportunities for regional staff to add their input to the Statelessness project. The meeting was attended by three regional staff as well as four staff members from Phnom Penh and one international intern.
Report on Briefing Meeting of All Projects Staffs
On Thursday the 26th February 2015, MIRO met with its provincial staff in Phnom Penh. The purpose of this meeting was to introduce all project staffs about the vision and mission of MIRO, and each project’s work and plan especially about Statelessness Project. Furthermore, to let all project staffs know each other and be ready to work together. The meeting also provided opportunities for regional staff to add their input to the Statelessness project.
Report on Human Rights Violations Against Cambodia’s Ethnic Vietnamese
In March 2014, MIRO released its report “Limbo on Earth: An Investigative Report on the Current Living Conditions and Legal Status of Ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia.” The report examines the living conditions and rights protection of ethnic Vietnamese in two villages in Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province, highlighting the challenges created by discrimination, statelessness, and inability to obtain identification papers. The report details the consequences of insufficient rights protection, providing recommendations to local authorities and the Royal Cambodian Government to reduce statelessness and provide basic rights protection for ethnic Vietnamese residents of Cambodia.
Report on Khmer Krom Human Rights Protection
On 05 February 2014, Minority Rights Organization launched its new report “Abandoned People: Khmer Krom Seeking Asylum and Refugee in Thailand”. The report analyses the dilemma politically persecuted Khmer Krom from Vietnam find themselves in when seeking protection in Cambodia or Thailand. Based on a thorough investigation into the root causes, the report provides recommendations to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC), the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Thailand and to all stakeholders to grant sustainable security for Khmer Krom activists from Kampuchea Krom.
Report on Discirmination and Rights Violations Against Khmer Krom Women in Cambodia
Published in September 2013, MIRO’s report entitled “Marginalized Women in Disadvantaged Communities” outlines the many challenges faced by Khmer Krom women living in Cambodia. The report focuses on issues of statelessness, education, social services, political participation, and gender discrimination. MIRO’s researchers found that Khmer Krom women are subject to unique challenges, and struggle to access social and legal services in Cambodia. In response, the report provides recommendations to local authorities and the Royal Government of Cambodia to improve Khmer Krom women’s access to legal justice, social services, and identification papers.
Annual and Semestral Reports
Semestral Report: January-June 2014
In the first half of 2014, MIRO engaged in numerous activities aimed at promoting and protecting Khmer Krom and ethnic Vietnamese rights, both building on existing projects and beginning new activties as well. In this report, read about MIRO’s support for 13 Khmer National Liberation Front members convicted on charges of treason, Khmer Krom farmers challenging the government over their right to cultivate farmland near their community, and stateless ethnic Vietnamese incapable of accessing the rights guaranteed to all people by citizenship. Along with information on several other issues MIRO has worked to address between January and June of 2014, read about MIRO’s impacts on human rights understanding and respect in Cambodia.
2013 MIRO Annual Activities Report
In 2013, MIRO undertook a number of activities and research projects to promote and protect minority rights in Cambodia. Primarily, MIRO focused its 2013 efforts on ensuring minority representation in the Khmer Rouge Tribunals, promoting the rights of Khmer Krom women, reducing statelessness within Khmer Krom and Vietnamese communities, and support for Khmer Krom refugees and asylum seekers.