OPENING SPEECH OF DR. TOSHU FUKAMI
CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA
PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ARTS AND CULTURE, AND
WORLD MATE LEADER
AT THE 2ND ANNUAL HUMAN RIGHTS
NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION:
BUILDING CONSENSUS AND
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA
CONFERENCE CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBODIA
PHNOM PENH, 12 JULY 2005
His Excellency Mr. Prum Sokha, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Interior,
Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, President of The University of Cambodia,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
1. I am greatly honored and pleased to be at the opening session of the 2nd Annual Human Rights Conference on “Toward Cambodian National Human Rights Commission: Building Consensus and Exploring Possibilities.” I strongly believe that this conference is very important for Cambodia, as this country has been trying to move toward establishing a national human rights commission and in line with the regional trend of setting up a regional human rights commission in the future.
2. Cambodia, a country which I have been visiting regularly from time to time since 1994, has made significant progress in democracy building, freedom and human rights. The development and progress of Cambodia can speak for itself. It is in this regard that I am of the view that Cambodia can move ahead to set up the national human rights commission.
3. Today, I am delighted that the International Foundation for Arts and Culture (IFAC), an institution that I belong to, is able to support the convening of this conference, and to work in close partnership with the University of Cambodia. It has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate and support the University of Cambodia in activities, such as this one.
4. As both the President and Founder of IFAC and Chancellor of the University of Cambodia, I wish to take this opportunity to thank His Excellency Mr. Prum Sokha, Secretary of State, Ministry of Interior, for his presence at the opening of this important conference, particularly in delivering his keynote address. I am sure that we would benefit from his keynote address, as we will deliberate a number of issues related to the theme of this conference.
5. At the same time, I wish to thank all of you for participating in this conference, and I hope that all of you will take advantage of this meeting to exchange views frankly and to further help advance human rights and development for the collective interests of Cambodia.
6. As this is my opening remarks, I will be short and concise. Therefore, I will only make only several points related to the topic today, as follows.
First, I think that we should take note of the significant progress of human rights over the years, particularly in recent years. The progress and development of human rights should build the momentum for further advancement in human rights development in Cambodia.
Second, while recognizing the achievements and progress of human rights, we should look at how we can continue to improve human rights in overall context as well as in specific areas.
Third, I believe that all institutions working on human rights would need to continue working together in partnership, with a single goal of advancing human rights in this country.
Fourth, I feel that it is important for Cambodia to continue to mobilize support, build consensus, and exploring possibilities for the establishment of the Cambodian National Human Rights Commission as early as possible, which will serve the needs and interests of the Cambodian people and this great nation.
Thank you very much for your kind attention.