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Amicus Brief regarding Mr. Vorn Pao and Nine Others - Criminal Case #936 Submission to the Court of Appeal 11 August 2015

Released on 2016-02-08
CCHR has conducted an analysis of relevant national and international law pertaining to the case of Mr. Vorn Pao and seven other defendants. CCHR respectfully offers to the Court of Appeal of Cambodia the following submission on the occasion of the hearing of this case on 26 January 2016.
Legal Analysis

Women on the Frontline - The Situation of Woman Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia in 2015

Released on 2015-12-28
This Briefing Note aims to provide an overview of the situation of Cambodian WHRDs in 2015, based on the experiences of CCHR’s WHRD Project (the “Project”) in the latter half of 2015. The WHRD Project is a gender-oriented extension of CCHR’s former HRDs Project, and is the first gender-oriented HRD program of its kind in Cambodia.
Briefing Note

Cambodia: Democracy Under Threat

Released on 2015-09-24
In recent months, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) has severely restricted fundamental freedoms and attempted to stifle dissenting voices, gravely threatening the future prospects for a peaceful and democratic Cambodia in which human rights are respected.
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CCHR’s Analysis and Key Recommendations on LANGO

Released on 2015-07-22
On 5 June 2015, the Council of Ministers approved the fifth draft of the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organizations (“LANGO”). After minor changes were made to the text, including the creditable elimination of the 25% budget cap on administrative costs, the draft was sent to the National Assembly in mid-June.
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States: Ensure Participation and Protection for Activists in Business and Human Rights Treaty Discussions

Released on 2015-06-29
Geneva) - A forthcoming UN process to develop binding norms in the field of business and human rights should provide protection and space to contribute for human rights activists, a broad coalition of civil society groups say in a major new report. The report, submitted to the first session of the ‘Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights’, makes concrete recommendations to the Chair of the Working Group and States to put human rights defenders at the centre of the process of elaboration, and the substantive content, of a treaty on business and human rights.
Briefing Note

CCHR LANGO 5 the Draft Analysis

Released on 2015-06-17
On 5 June 2015, the Council of Ministers discussed and adopted the fifth draft of the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organizations (“LANGO”). The fifth draft has not been publicly circulated and was leaked to civil society organizations (“CSOs”) after the adoption of the text.
Legal Analysis

The situation of Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia in 2014

Released on 2015-04-01
Despite protecting human rights defenders (“HRDs”) falling under the protection of legally binding international instruments, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), many HRDs in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) remain at high risk of a plethora of threats including arbitrary arrest and detention, physical violence and murder, and threats and intimidation and harassment. The reluctance of the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) in protecting HRDs, but moreover its active role in restricting their rights represents a breach of the state’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights and dangerously restricts the environment in which HRDs operate.
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