Advocating for the Rainbow Family in Cambodia
13 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 19, 2019
It is not illegal to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Cambodia, but LGBTIQ people lack some fundamental legal rights and guarantees, and experience widespread discrimination. Public calls for tolerance by powerful figures have helped to create a space for activism and advocacy in support of LGBTIQ rights. This paper explores the strategy of Rainbow Community Kampuchea (RoCK), a community led organisation that focuses on alleviating discrimination within, and by, two closely entwined institutions: the family and the state. RoCK’s strategy can arguably be seen as a successful example of ‘vernacularisation’ of human rights. However, it is ‘home grown’, in that it is based on the findings of a significant piece of social research rather than a black-letter approach to human rights norms.
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