By Men Nath, President for the CWCI Cambodia
Cambodia Watchdog Council International (CWC-International or CWCI Cambodia) is the coalition of local non-governmental organization which was established on September 16, 2002 by six Organizations (Unions/Associations), and perform her duties on the advocacy of human right, right of workers, employees, the improvement of working status of civil-servants, teachers, rights of poor pheasants, and the development along the border.
Regarding her strenuous activities, Cambodian Government attempted to cause troubles such as killing and intimidation her members. Mr. Chea Vichea, former president of Free Trade Union of Workers of Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC), was murdered by the agent of government on 22 January, 2004, for instance. Moreover, other 6 main members were intimidated, arrested and imprisoned and escaped the country on October 14, 2005 such as Mr. Rong Chhun, president of Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (CITA), was imprisoned in Phnom Penh for more than three months, Mr. Men Nath, president of Cambodian Independent Civil-Servants Association (CICA), Mr. Ir Channa, Deputy Secretary General of Students’ Movement for Democracy (SMD), Mr. Chham Chhany, president of Cambodian Independent Farmer Association (CIFA), escaped to Norway, and Mr. Pang Sokhoeun, president of Students’ Movement for Democracy (SMD) escaped to Sweden. Whereas Mr. Chea Mony, president of FTUWKC, was in Europe (Ireland and France) for more than three months and just turned back to Cambodia in February 2006.
At the moment, CWC-International or CWCI Cambodia transfers her office to Norway upon the relocation of three main members mentioned above so that it can reinforce the role on the international arena and set up the country representatives to some countries in order to collaborate with all members as institution based in Cambodia.