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CCHR to Launch Campaign for the Release of 12 Land Rights Defenders Imprisoned for Exercising Their Fundamental Freedoms
Press Release
Released on 2015-03-04
To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) will launch a campaign calling for the immediate release of Boeung Kak Lake (“BKL”) activists Tep Vanny, Nget Khun, Song Sreyleap, Kong Chantha, Phan Chhunreth, Bo Chhorvy, Nong Sreng, Heng Pich, Im Srey Touch and Phoung Sopheap; Buddhist monk, Venerable Seung Hai; and housing rights defender Ly Seav Minh. All 12 have been unlawfully deprived of their liberty for exercising their fundamental freedoms in relation to long-term land disputes in the Boeung Kak area of Phnom Penh.
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms
Withdrawal of Armed Forces Officers and Court Officials From the Political Party Ranks to Strengthen the Rule of Law and Democracy in Cambodia
Press Release
Released on 2015-02-26
We, Elections Reform Alliance (ERA) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), condemn the political party which included, or will imclude court officals and armed forces’s officers within political party’s ranks. This inclusion is a violation of the constitution, the rule of law, and the principle of democracy, in particular free and fair elections. rn
CCHR Expresses Concerns Over Indications of Undue Influence Over the Actions of the Supreme Council of Magistracy
Media Comment
Released on 2015-02-22
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses concern regarding the swift removal of former president of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Ang Maltey, amid the allegations of corruption that followed the controversial decision by the municipal court to release on bail Thong Chamroeun and Keo Sary, the parents of wanted murder suspect Thong Sarath.
Trial Monitoring
Civil Society Groups Condemn Use of Visa Denial to Curb Activism
Press Release
Released on 2015-02-17
February 17, 2015 - We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the recent decision to deny a visa renewal for prominent environmental activist Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson. Mr Gonzalez-Davidson has been at the forefront of a campaign by local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Mother Nature, to halt the controversial development of a hydroelectric dam in Areng valley, Koh Kong province.
Civil Society Organizations Call on the Government and Political Parties to Respect Freedom of Expression
Press Release
Released on 2015-02-04
February 4, 2015 - We, the undersigned civil society organizations, wish to express serious concern regarding the potential introduction of new measures banning staff of civil society organizations from giving media interviews or making statements deemed to have “insulted” political parties during election periods. Such restrictions would amount to violations of the right to freedom of expression.
Civil Society Groups Condemn the Ongoing Detention of 11 Activists
Press Release
Released on 2015-01-26
We the undersigned civil society groups condemn the indefensible verdicts issued this morning by the Court of Appeal in the cases of ten land activists and one monk. Following an appeal hearing that was characterized by an almost total absence of fair trial rights, the Court of Appeal upheld the wrongful convictions and sentences originally imposed by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, albeit partially reducing some of the sentences and fines.
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms
Veng Sreng Anniversary: Still no Justice for the Dead, Missing and Injured
Press Release
Released on 2015-01-01
January 1, 2015 - One year on from the state violence of early January 2014 which led to the deaths of at least four men and the hospitalization of dozens, the disappearance of a teenage boy and the wrongful imprisonment of 23 union leaders, activists and workers, we the undersigned civil society organizations condemn the lack of progress made in investigating these human rights violations and in punishing those responsible.
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