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CCHR calls for the end to all enforced disappearances and the proper investigation of Khem Sophath case

Press Release
Released on 2015-08-30
Today, 30 August 2015, marks the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. On this day, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to take positive steps towards ending the problem of enforced disappearances and launching a proper investigation into the disappearance of 16-year-old Khem Sophath, who was last seen on 3 January 2014, lying on Veng Sreng Street with an apparent gunshot wound to his chest.
Human Rights Defenders

CCHR Urges Local Authorities to Respect Transgender Rights

Press Release
Released on 2015-08-24
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is concerned in relation to a statement by Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district governor Kuch Chamroeun, in which he is reported to have used derogatory language to describe transgender people. CCHR reminds all public officials that transgender people deserve respect as full and equal members of Cambodian society, and urges local authorities to treat the transgender community as such.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

CCHR Open Letter Seeks Clarification Regarding Application of the LANGO to CBOs​ and Informal Groups

Released on 2015-08-21
I am writing to request that you issue a statement of clarification regarding the application of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmantal Organizations (“LANGO”) to small community-based organizations (“CBOs”) and informal groups.rn
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

Letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the UN Human Rights Council - Addressing the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia and ensuring that the United Nations retains its protection role and monitoring capacity in the country

Released on 2015-08-20
We urge your delegation to address the deteriorating human rights situation in Cambodia by supporting a resolution, at the 30th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (14 September2 October 2015), that highlights patterns of serious violations and calls on the Cambodian Government to put an end to such violationsrnand to abide by its domestic and international legal obligations. The resolution should also extend the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia.

CSOs Call for the Immediate Release of Opposition Senator

Press Release
Released on 2015-08-18
On Sunday morning, Sam Rainsy Party (“SRP”) Senator Hong Sok Hour was sent to Prey Sar prison after being charged with forging public documents, using forged documents, and incitement to cause chaos in social order under Articles 629, 630, and 495 of the Penal Code, respectively.
Trial Monitoring

Civil Society Organizations urge His Majesty the King not to sign the LANGO

Released on 2015-07-30
We, the undersigned civil society organizations, are writing to urge your Majesty not to sign the proposed Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (“LANGO”), and to call for your urgent intervention as the official guarantor of the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Cambodians, and of the international human rights treaties to which Cambodia is a party.

CSOs Condemn the Conviction of 11 Opposition Party Activists

Press Release
Released on 2015-07-23
Phnom Penh, 23 July 2015. On Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 11 activists of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party were sentenced to jail time ranging from 7 to 20 years by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court of First Instance, in connection with protests that erupted in July 2014 at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park. We, the undersigned civil society organizations, strongly condemn these convictions as based on trumped-up charges and characterized by a total disrespect for fair trial rights.
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