Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Cambodia opened Arrupe Way on 23 January to celebrate 40 years since the foundation of JRS by Fr Pedro Arrupe and 30 years of JRS Cambodia. We also celebrated that the Nuclear Ban Treaty became International Law on 22 January by setting up a special section in our disarmament room. Pedro Arrupe was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1944. There he walked the streets, tending the injured.
Global Conference on Assistance to Victims of Anti-Personnel Mines and Other Explosive Remnants of War, and Disability Rights
3rd October 2019
The “Global Conference on Assistance to Victims of Anti-Personnel Mines and Other Explosive Remnants of War, and Disability Rights” was held in Amman, Jordan last 10 – 12 September 2019. This conference was called by the United Nations to try creating new ideas about successful improvement of the quality of life of the people suffering due to weapons of war. Sister Denise Coghlan, member of the Governance Board of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC) and Tun Channareth, Ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, were panelists and speakers for the event.
Prince Mired bin Ra'ad bin Zeid of Jordan, a staunch advocate, called for urgent action regarding the matter. The Cambodia Campaign against Landmines remembered the history of the victim assistance in the country. It was a hard-won battle. Survivors themselves named the three pillars of the campaign: 1) Universal Ban on Landmines, 2) Clearance of Landmines, and 3) Support for those who were Injured by Landmines or better known as Victim Assistance.
Some younger victims spoke. One was a sports hero. Another was a young woman who made everyone laugh during her speech. She recalled her conversation with her beautician, asking to have her toenails painted. The beautician only saw one leg, but the young woman insisted that she will pay for two.
This conference a review leading up to the Mine ban Conference which will take place in Oslo at the end of November 2019. In an interview with Tun Channareth, he stressed that recent conference is a reminder to every government to understand the people who suffered because of weapons of war. He urges that the government hurry up and sign the treaties that bans these weapons all over the world. “It is a new century already. We do not want any more delay in bringing peace and justice in this world. It’s time,” he added.
JRS Cambodia recently released a publication discussing the Human Trafficking Situation in Cambodia. As a popular source, transit, and destination for human trafficking victims, Cambodia ranks in the top 10 countries in the world where modern slavery is happening. Many of the victims are in the involved in the fishing industry, manufacturing sector, street begging, domestic servitude, commercial sex, and forced marriages.
The advocacy booklet provides a comprehensive discussion of the Cambodian Human Trafficking Situation. It also discusses the legal framework of human trafficking in the country, from victim identification, investigation, criminal prosecution to aftercare, inter-agency coordination, and current cross-border coordination. It analyzes the current challenges faced by the country in three (3) major aspects: prosecution, prevention, and protection.
Lastly, the advocacy booklet urges state and nonstate actors to fight for the advocacy. It argues that ending human trafficking should be a global priority. The booklet will be distributed in the Jesuit Refugee Service Asia Pacific Regional Meeting this 7 – 12 October 2019. Participating countries include Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines.
School Opening in Ou Trach Village, Chi Koreng District, Siem Reap
2nd October 2019
JRS Cambodia and the community built a kindergarten with the help of the funds raised by the Assissi School. Led by Chea Sarom, the construction of the school was finished within 3 months.
On the Opening Day, the villagers gathered around and welcomed 11 students from the Assissi School. The students engaged with the children and other community members through playing, reading, and tree planting.
JRS Cambodia also partnered with the Angkor Garden Foundation in providing the school supplies. Both NGOs have coordinated with the government, who committed in deploying a teacher and paying the salary.
This new kindergarten and preparatory school will accommodate around 50 kids from Ou Trach Village starting November 2019.
Mindol Metta Karuna welcomed thirty-two (32) children left behind by migrant parents from Banteay Meanchey and Siem Reap last 2 – 13 September 2019. They participated in a catch-up school camp, providing them with supplementary knowledge before the official start of classes this October 2019. The camp focused on Math and Khmer, but also included English, Computer, Music, Environment, Peace and Sports.
Classes start at 8:00 am and ends at 4:30 pm. After an entire day of interactive learning, the children are free to play around the center. There is a children’s room filled with different toys – from animal figurines, houses, and dolls to building blocks, puzzle pieces, and coloring books.
The big hall is a huge space with matts on the floor. It is perfect for lying down while reading various story books in the shelves surrounding the matts. The books are available in both English and Khmer languages. The big hall also gives access to different sports equipment: skipping ropes, soccer balls, shuttle cocks and badminton rackets, and even table tennis pads.
For some of the kids, the music room is the best place to be. After classes, the children play various musical instruments and groove to the music in the hall. Some even watch animations and movies in one of the unused classrooms. Mindol Metta Karuna has prepared all these just for them.
The last day was filled with both laughter and tears as the children recall their amazing and fun-filled experience the past 2 weeks. All the staff, teachers, and other members of the team gather around to say goodbye as the children are sent off to their respective rural villages. The following are the dedicated member of the team: Sok Eng, Chan Men, and Hem Sue (Khmer); Yoem Sreynich (Math); Hyacenth Bendana (English); So Not (Music); Sak Sopheak (Computer); Tun Channareth (Peace); Sok Chet (Environment and Sports).
Sony, I was a refugee in Vietnam, Now I help Rohingya Montagnards and people from Pakistan, Syria who face persecution.
Stop hate speech and discrimination.
May our world have Metta Karuna (Loving Kindness).
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Universal Apostolic Reference
15 March 2019
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all
24 December 2018
Workshop on Refugees, Migrants, Stateless. A NEW ERA.
June 26, 2018
HOW CAN WE WORK TOETHER TO WELCOME, PROMOTE. INTEGRATE PROTECT? MINDOL METTA KARUNA SIEM REAP CAMBODIA 28 29 30 NOVEMBER 2018
This workshop will gather people from the region experienced in the area of asylum seekers refugees, vulnerable migrants (including trafficked) and stateless people to reflect and share on needs in different countries and ways to meet them effectively. At the end of 2018 two new global compacts will be signed one on refugees and one on migration which address ways governments and civil society and the business community can act cooperatively to respond to the forced displacement of peoples. So this a special time to reflect on where we are and what next. It is a time to rethink, see what we can do together and get some new ideas for work in our own countries. It is a workshop where we can learn from experts from UNHCR and IOM, from academics and network coordinators, from those affected, from government and from one another. There will be panels to inform, to stimulate and to call us to think outside the box. If you come we want you to contribute your ideas in group work and in ideas for concrete actions. Peace justice and hospitality to the newcomer are all possible and we can make it happen.
The workshop will be held at Mindol Metta Karuna Siem Reap Cambodia on 28 29 30 November.2018
In commemoration of World Refugee Day, the UNHCR released their latest global trends report
June 20, 2018
Here are the key facts you need to know:
1. In 2017, 68.5 million people were driven from their homes across the world. This is more people than the population of Thailand.
2. There are 25.4 million refugees in the world. This is 2.9 million more than in 2016, also the biggest increase UNHCR has ever seen in a single year.
3. New displacement is also growing, with 16.2 million people displaced during 2017 itself. That is an average of one person displaced every two seconds.
4. The biggest number of displaced come from the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the war in South Sudan and the flight into Bangladesh from Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees.
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Fr General Arturo Sosa arrives for first visit to JCAP
JCAP News 11-22 July 2015
We are united in our desire to promote peace and reconciliation, says Fr Sosa after first dialogue with Buddhists
Landing in Siem Seap on the second leg of his first trip to Asia Pacific, Fr General Arturo Sosa quickly found himself in completely different setting.
From Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country with about 350 Jesuits and many institutions and collaborators, he was now in a largely Buddhist country,
with a small cohort of 26 Jesuits working with a modest number of collaborators. It was his first time in a Buddhist country, and to visit Jesuits and partners in
mission working together in such a context, he shared in his homily on July 15 in the chapel of the Metta Karuna Reflection Centre in Siem Reap where stayed for most of his visit.
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Letter OF Fr GENERAL ARTURO SOSA sj of the Visit to Cambodia
July 14-16: VISIT OF FATHER GENERAL ARTURO SOSA sj
To Mindol Metta Karuna, Jesuit Misions and JRS in Siem Reap
20 July 2017
Highlights of the Visit:
The Happiness the presence of Father General brought to the whole team, which included Christians and Buddhists, people with disability, women and men, people who had been refugees in the camps, national and international members, some of whom were Jesuits.
At the ICRC/CCP legal seminar Chan Neng a survivor asked the military of Cambodia to join the Convention on Custer Munitions (CCM). The Military Representative said they were still studying the issue but he felt they would join.
The CCBL Representative said she believed Cambodia would soon see that the humanitarian suffering they caused far outweighed the military usefulness of cluster munitions.
Tun Channareth and So Not of the Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions (CCBL) accompanied the new leaders of CMAA with MAPU, NPA, MAG and CMAC to the cluster munitions fields. Several dogs trained by NPA are ridding Rattanakiri of Cluster Munitions.
President Obama has stopped transferring cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia for use in Middle East.
4th APRIL-INTERNATIONAL MINE AWARENESS DAY
WE DO NOT WANT ANY YEMEN CHILDREN HURT BY
MINES OR CLUSTER BOMBS
STOP! STOP! STOP!
1st March-ANNIVERSARY OF MINE BAN TREATY BECOMING INTERNATIONAL LAW
1 March 2016
STATEMENT FROM CCBL Mine Clearance Agencies in Cambodia are committed to collaborate and finish clearing Cambodia from its legacies of mines, cluster munitions and UXO.
Their clearance Tool Kit includes manual de-mining with metal detectors, dogs, rats and mechanical clearance machines. Operators note that different terrains and different types of weapon, indicate appropriate clearance methods for different fields. Not all tools can be used in all places.
It is possible to finish the job of clearing the mines, cluster munitions, and other UXO by 2025.
Sufficient funding is made available to the competent, dedicated clearance teams.
Operators are given full access to the border mine fields.
A body is responsible for the clearance of any residual ordinance found after 2025.
Goals of Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions (same as ICBL/CMC)
18 Feb 2016
GOALS 1) No more use of cluster munitions and landmines
2) Increased number of states parties to convention on cluster munitions
3) A significant decrease in land contaminated by landmines and cluster munitions
4) Progress in quality of life for victims
2016 Primary Focus on: Stigmatizing use of Cluster Munitions to strengthen the Norm and Universalization of The Convetnion on Cluster Munitions
CALL CAMBODIA TO JOIN THE CONVENTION ON CLUSTER MUNITIONS
Dogs and Rat and All That!
Siem Reap becomes the World Training Spot for dogs engaged in mines and cluster munitions detection.
Monday February 8th, campaigners from Cambodia, Colombia, France, Vietnam, and Australia met Lulu, one of 15 Belgian dogs, brought from Bosnia to sniff out unexploded
ordinance and so clear land for productive use...
Excellency Prak Sokhon will preside over Mine Awareness Day in Preah Vihear on February 15, 2016.
We remember and have photos of our first Mine Awareness Day in Phnom Penh in 1995!!!
The campaign will remind me people in Syria who are being killed and injured by cluster bombs
Cambodia Join the Convention on Cluster Munitions
Sustainable Victim Assistance Workshop in Siem Reap
A Think Tank on creative ways for making Victim Assistance Sustainable will be held in Siem Reap on 8-9 March, 2016.
Experts, survivors, service providers will be participated.
News from ICBL/CMC International
Mine Action Pledging Conference will be held in Geneva on 2 March.
ICBL/CMC is invited to speak at high leval opening panel.
Operators do you want to send any message from the field?
PLEASE PROTEST AGAIN CLUSTER MUNITIONS USE IN SYRIA.
WE MOURN THE DEATHS AND INJURIES OF THOSE WOUNDED BY UXO, MINES AND CLUSTER BOMBS IN CAMBODIA AND IN THE WORLD.
JRS Turns 35 Years - Srun Sony and Sr Denise Coghlan off to New York
(Washington, D.C.) November 3, 2015 _ Jesuit Refugee Service/USA will commemorate 35 years of working alongside refugees and the displaced on Dec. 1, and present Sr. Denise Coghlan, RSM with the JRS Accompany Award. Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. founded JRS in November 1980, in response to the exodus of refugees from Vietnam and Cambodia.
News from Campaign and Disarmament 6 November 2015
Mr. Sak Sopheak from Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions will attend the 14th Meeting of States Parties of the Mine Ban Treaty in Geneva from 30 November to 4 December 2015.
Aims: to complete land clearance of mines and uxo, no new victims, sustainable victim assistance.
Cambodia has consistently pushed for progress since our 2011 Meeting of States Parties
2014 was a record year for declaring land " Mine Free "
Cambodia must join the Cluster Munition Convention and Ban Cluster Bombs all over the world. CROATIA Calls CAMBODIA to Review Conference 7-11 2015.
So Not as the maker of the you tube and Cambodia campaign to ban landmines and cluster bombs.
20 young Korean high school students and their teachers arrived from Jeju Island and high school spent the day with 20 Cambodian students from our Metta Karuna village school.
Lessons in advocacy and democratization for the Cambodian students have paid off and they phone in their encounter with the Korean students said Father In Gun. Srey Mom and these teachers were very proud.
Over the years JRS/JS have built more than 50 Metta Karuna schools in the villages of Kandal, Kampong Speu, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey.
Thank you to all the friends who have supported these schools since 1991.
The Reflection Centre is humming with life in August. The School of Peace, led by Mennonite Max Ediger is forming young people with a passion for peace from China, Vietnam, Papua, Indonesia, East Timor, Philippines and Cambodia.
Their open ceremony where all placed a symbol for peace and.... Read more
JRS Cambodia will host a meeting to launch the UNHCR Global Campaign to eradicate Statelessness on July 21 2015..
Ms Nikola Errington, former JRS lawyer, now Statelessness Officer for UNHCR will attend.
Many Montagnard Asylum Seekers are still waiting to be registered in Phnom Penh
The first Review Conference on the Cluster Munitions Convention will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia 7th-11th September 2015.
Cambodia Campaign urges Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to join the treaty and to attend as Head of States Parties.
60 million refugees calling on UNHCR for help.
" REFUGEES DAY CALLS US TO COMPASSION ADN HOSPITALITY"
Even UNHCR says the 60 million people crying for help are beyond its capacity and resources to help....
Rome, 15 June 2015 - For World Refugee Day this weekend, the Jesuit Refugee Service urges you to remember that the key to change is within each of us. While governments decide to accept or reject refugees, only we have the power to truly welcome them. We must change our fixed view of refugees as 'the other.'
Event in Pailin with Excellency Prak Sokhon Arrupe represents Cambodia Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions
CONGRATULATIONS ON 20 YEARS OF MINE, UXO, CLUSTER BOMBS AWARENESS.
BAN CLUSTER BOMBS, CAMBODIA! HURRY UP.
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Dancers with disability and their friends will bless a world to be freed of cluster munitions and landmines before they join the Angkor Marathon on Sunday, December 8 along with other runners, some with disability.
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1) Report from Maputo Review Conference on MINE BAN TREATY.
2) Preparation for Meeting with Hun Sen on Disability on 3rd July, 2014.
3) Renewed Strategy for Encouraging Cambodia to Sign Cluster Munitions Covention. Media? Politicians?
4) OTHER DISARMAMENT/CONFLICT ISSUES
5) ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Where : MINDOL METTA KARUNA, SIEM REAP When : 1st July 2014, 2 pm
News:The Third Review Conference 12th June 2014
Tun Channareth will be in Maputo for the Third Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty from 23 June to 27 June 2014. He will give a session on supporting survivors of these weapons in remote areas.
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News:Complete the Challenge Workshop The Complete the Challenge Workshop for Maputo was held on May 6, 2014 at Sunway Hotel. It was attended by 67 people from government, mine clearance agencies...
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News:Disarmament Campaign The Survivor Network Campaign Team requested the Prime Minister of Cambodian to join Cluster Munitions Treaty when he met them in March. He advised them to ask the US to join.
News:Campaign in the USA Bill Morse is campaigning in the US with senators to encourage them to join the Conventions against Landmines and Cluster Munitions. Our campaign advised him and directed him to resources.
News:Campaign Message to Brazil During World Cup The Campaign sent a message to Brazil asking them to join the Convention on Cluster Munitions during the World Cup.
Dear Foreign Minister of Brazil,..
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News:New National Strategic Plan Release In the presence of the Prime Minister Hun Sen on July 3 2014, Disability Action Council (DAC) will release the New Strategic Plan for Disability.
The Campaign has taken part in the lead-up deliberations.
News:Condemnation On Cluster Bombs Use The Campaign strongly condemns the use of Cluster Munitions in Syria.
We mourn the lives lost there and also in the new battles in Iraq and Ukraine.
News:Visitors of Mindol Metta Karuna Visiorts from Korea, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Cambodia, Syria, New Zealand, Taiwan, China, Japan...
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VISITING OUR FRIENDS IN CLUSTER BOMB TERRITORY 22th May 2014
Our Survivor Network Team has visited for the first 25 new villages in Rattanakiri, 16 new villages in Stung Traeng, 20 new villages in Kratie interviewing people with disability......
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From Australia's Off Shore Detention Centres to Cambodia 19th May 2014
Cambodia is edging closer to signing a Memorandum Of Understanding with Australia to accept refugees from Australia off shore detention centres.....
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TIME FOR ACTION HAS COME.
BAN LANDMINES THIS WEEK
FROM SURVIVORS IN CAMBODIA
CAMBODIA CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES
Siem Reap City invited our campaign and Survivor Network Team of people with disability to stage a photo exhibition on Disability Access at the Foreign Correspondents Club (FCC)....
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