Advocating for the Rainbow Family in Cambodia

13 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2019

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Pisey Ly

RoCK Cambodia

Chey Leaphy Heng

RoCK Cambodia

Sally Low

University of Melbourne - Law School

Date Written: November 19, 2019

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Ly, Pisey and Heng, Chey Leaphy and Low, Sally, Advocating for the Rainbow Family in Cambodia (November 19, 2019). Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 20, No. 1, Article 12, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3489681

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Chey Leaphy Heng

RoCK Cambodia ( email )

Sally Low

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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