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CSOs declare support for Mother Nature and condemn crackdown against the organization

Press Release
Released on 2016-02-14
In response to the latest unjust charges brought against three further members of the environmental non-governmental organization (“NGO”) Mother Nature, we, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), declare our support for Mother Nature, and condemn the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”)’s crackdown on the organization and Cambodian civil society in general.​
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

CCHR Publishes Report Entitled “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia” and Calls for the Protection of Indigenous Land Rights

Press Release
Released on 2016-02-11
rnThe Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) has today – 11 February 2016 – published a report entitled, “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia” (the “Report”). The Report is available for download from CCHR’s website in English and Khmer. The Report is the outcome of research conducted by CCHR’s Land Reform Project on the experiences of indigenous communities and their engagement with the process to obtain collective land titles (“CLTs”) in an attempt to formally protect their traditional lands.rnrn
Land Reform

Restoring Enabling Environment for Free and Fair Election in 2017 and 2018 Submit to The US-ASEAN Summit

Press Release
Released on 2016-02-09
We, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”) would like to submit our joint statement to the US ASEAN Summit. We would like to express our deeply held concern about the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) abuse of power in cracking down on opposition party members and activists. Of equal concern, are excessive and arbitrary charges brought by the government without legitimate grounds, and enforced by a weak and partial judiciary, against political party members and activists.

CCHR to launch research report entitled “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia”

Press Release
Released on 2016-02-09
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is delighted to announce that it will hold a press conference at 8:30am on Thursday 11 February 2016 at its office in Phnom Penh, to mark the launch of its report entitled, “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia” (the “Report”). This launch will feature an introduction to this new Report, as well as insights from indigenous community members on their experiences fighting to protect their land.
Land Reform

CCHR open letter to the Minister of Environment to request clarification on the potential provision of Economic Land Concessions

Letter
Released on 2016-01-27
I write to you from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) regarding the Economic Land Concessions (“ELCs”) allegedly granted to Oknha Try Pheap and Lim Bunna, as reported in The Cambodia Daily on 19 January 2016.1 I am concerned that the provision of these ELCs violates the moratorium on ELCs put in place by Directive 01 (Order on the Strengthening Measure and Effectiveness of Economic Land Concession Management No. 01BB) issued in May 2012.rn
Land Reform

CCHR open letter to the Minister of Environment to request clarification on the potential provision of Economic Land Concessions

Letter
Released on 2016-01-27
I write to you from the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) regarding the Economic Land Concessions (“ELCs”) allegedly granted to Oknha Try Pheap and Lim Bunna, as reported in The Cambodia Daily on 19 January 2016.1 I am concerned that the provision of these ELCs violates the moratorium on ELCs put in place by Directive 01 (Order on the Strengthening Measure and Effectiveness of Economic Land Concession Management No. 01BB) issued in May 2012.

Joint open letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry

Letter
Released on 2016-01-24
On the occasion of your upcoming official visit to Phnom Penh on 26 January 2016, we wish to take this opportunity to call upon the US to make any strengthening of bilateral relations with Cambodia contingent on the government’s significant progress in the promotion of democratic reforms and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
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