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Arbitrary Arrests in Boeung Kak 1
Press Release
Released on 2014-11-20
Phnom Penh, November 20th 2014 – We, the undersigned organizations, condemn the arbitrary arrests and expedited trial of Mr. Ly Srea Kheng and his daughter Ms. Ly Seav Minh on November 18th 2014. The Kheng family is involved in a land dispute with the Khun Sear Import Export Company (“Khun Sear Company”) - owned by tycoon Khun Sear - after they refused to vacate a plot of land in the Boeung Kak 1 area of Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district, which they have inhabited since 1982. The family has suffered death threats, violent attacks and intimidation as a result.
Land Reform
Civil Society Groups Condemn Arrest and Detention of the Boeung Kak Lake Seven
Press Release
Released on 2014-11-12
We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the arrest, detention, and conviction of the seven Boeung Kak Lake community representatives following protests outside Phnom Penh City Hall on the morning of November 10, 2014.
CCHR Launches Campaign Calling on Cambodians to Take a Stance Against Impunity
Press Release
Released on 2014-11-02
Today, 2 November 2014, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) launches its annual impunity campaign to mark the United Nations’ first International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. CCHR takes this opportunity to highlight the rampant and widespread nature of impunity in Cambodia. The campaign aims to generate and relay the public’s call on the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) to end to impunity. We are calling on Cambodians to take picture of themselves holding a sign with their pledge to end impunity.
Cambodian Freedom of Expression
Rights groups call for freedom of expression protections ahead of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-31
As violent crackdowns on freedom of expression and press freedom have increased in frequency over the last year, rights groups and media are disturbed to observe a coinciding increase in impunity for the perpetrators of these crimes.
Cambodian Freedom of Expression
Joint Statement Regarding the Oddar Meanchey Authorities' Continued Illegal Conduct Towards Equitable Cambodia's Staff
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-15
We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the actions of the Oddar Meanchey authorities who have, since September 2014, been engaged in the obstruction, harassment, intimidation, and assault of rights workers (see Annex 1: Timeline of Events). Most recently, a four-person team from Equitable Cambodia (“EC”) was in the province to conduct field research on the impacts of forced evictions resulting from economic land concessions granted for the development of sugarcane plantations. The plantations are owned by the Mitr Phol Group,1 one of Coca-Cola’s top three global suppliers.2 Research data collected will be provided to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (“NHRCT”), which is investigating Mitr Phol’s operations in Cambodia.
The Stance of Civil Society in Joining the Observation of the Process of Housing Resolution at​ Borie Kiela Community
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-14
We are the civil society organizations comprising of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Samakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF) and the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) who make the following joint statement to address the issues associated with resolving the remaining housing problems faced by the Borie Kiela community.rn
Land Reform
Joint Statement​ on National Assembly President’s Circular Not Following the Framework of Law and Principles of Effectiveness, Transparency, and Democracy
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-02
Cambodian Civil Society Organizations have found that the Circular on the National Assembly (NA)’s commission working method, issued on 12 September 2014 by the President of National Assembly, does not adhere to the principles of democracy, transparency, effectiveness, the constitution and internal regulations of the National Assembly in regard to the four key points.
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