European Institute for Asian Studies
Quo Vadis Cambodia?
  • Start04:00 PM - Jun 28 2018
  • End06:00 PM - Jun 28 2018
  • Asia Platform, Rue de la Loi 26, 10th floor, 1040 Brussels
  • 02 230 81 22
  • eias@eias.org

 

Programme

15:30-16:00

16:00-16:10

Registration

Introduction by the Chair

Mr Xavier NUTTIN, Advisory Board Member, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

16:10-16:20

Opening remarks

H.E. Mr. David LUY, Secretary of State, Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and

International Cooperation

16:20-18:00

Panel Discussion

H.E. Mr. Raoul M. JENNAR, Diplomatic Advisor to the Royal Government of Cambodia

H.E. Mr. Thireak CHEA, Ambassador of Cambodia to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU

Mr. Sim VIREAK, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Mr. Andreas STRIEGNITZ, Desk officer for South-East Asia, European Parliament

Mr. John Harley BREEN, Researcher, Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Mrs. Cindy CAO, Visiting Fellow, European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS)

18:00

Networking Reception

Quo Vadis Cambodia?

In the run up to the general election set to take place on 29 July 2018 in Cambodia, the EU has expressed grave concerns about the persistent narrowing of space for political parties, the media and civil society and the conduct of credible, free and fair elections.

Following recent developments in Cambodia, including the dissolution of the opposition CNRP party by the Supreme Court and the arrest of its main leader, the EU announced in December 2017 that it is suspending its support for Cambodia’s National Election Committee. In February 2018, the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU announced it may consider specific targeted measures with regard to the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade agreement. The EU also announced a dedicated mission to Cambodia to monitor its Generalised Scheme of Preference (GSP). In response, Cambodia has maintained that recent developments result from the actions of competent authorities and the judiciary organs. It has been argued that the purpose of such actions has been to enforce the rule of law, protect sovereignty, and maintain Cambodia’s core interests of peace and stability, a harmonious society, and continued sustainable development.

This seminar brings together European and Cambodian decision makers with researchers to discuss political realities in Cambodia. Furthermore, it will encourage a constructive dialogue, exploring ways to ensure free and fair elections in the short term, whilst upholding a pluralistic society and respect of fundamental freedom and Human Rights as enshrined in Cambodia’s constitution.


This seminar brings together European and Cambodian decision makers with researchers to discuss political realities in Cambodia. Furthermore, it will encourage a constructive dialogue, exploring ways to ensure free and fair elections in the short term, whilst upholding a pluralistic society and respect of fundamental freedom and Human Rights as enshrined in Cambodia’s constitution.



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