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(30-November-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

With UN Rights Office Under Fire, Donors Offer Quiet Support Duch Piseth, advocacy director at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said he expected foreign governments to be more outspoken if diplomatic channels proved ineffective in persuading the government to reach a deal with the U.N.

“I think probably they are silent to wait and see how things play out,” he said. “I don’t think they will be silent for too long.”

(30-November-2016 / PPP)

Ministry defends wage law Piseth Duch, advocacy director and coordinator of the Cambodia Centre for Human Rights’ Business and Human Rights project, was equally concerned and said that while complaints had been raised by civil society over similar articles in pre-existing laws, they were often ignored by the government.

(16-November-2016 / PPP)

Police take slingshots to protect ‘social stability’ Cambodia Center for Human Rights advocacy director Duch Piseth pointed out the seeming contradiction saying authorities “judge other people by their bad actions while they judge themselves by their good intentions”.

(16-November-2016 / Khmer Times)

Internet Freedom Ranking Slips Although the government continues to claim it honors international human rights edicts and freedom of expression on the internet, a report by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) earlier this year showed a stark difference in its actions. The report pointed first to troubling parts of the Telecommunications Law, passed in November 2015. “The Telecommunications Law increases the government’s control over the industry and seriously threatens the rights to privacy of correspondence and freedom of expression,” the report said.

(11-November-2016 / Khmer Times)

US-Cambodia Relations to Stay Strong Chak Sopheap, the present CCHR executive director, yesterday said she was surprised at the election result and saddened for those who had hoped for a female president.


“Amid the shock and frustration, the lesson we could learn is the equal playing field afforded to both candidates during the election process and the free and fair environment in which citizens could freely make their own choice. Cambodia can take inspiration from this aspect,” Ms. Sopheap said.

(11-November-2016 / VOA)

Cambodian Civil Society Concerned, Disappointed By US Election Result Similarly, Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said she had hoped to see a woman become US president and that Clinton was well-versed in foreign policy.

“The result of the U.S. election today has made many American and Cambodian citizen[s] shocked and dismayed especially for those who wanted to see Hillary Clinton selected to be the first female president of the United states,” she wrote on Facebook.

(08-November-2016 / PPP)

Senator Sok Hour given seven years for forgery and incitement Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, called the trend “extremely alarming” ahead of elections in 2017 and 2018, while labelling Sok Hour’s case “unconstitutional” and “politically motivated”.

(04-November-2016 / PPP)

Prison rates soaring in Cambodia “From a human rights-based approach, it is not good practice to see high numbers in pre-trial detention,” CCHR advocacy director Piseth Duch said in an email. “Only in exceptional circumstances with solid evidence should judges decide to put defendants in pre-trial detention.”

(03-November-2016 / PPP)

Dredging for answers Vann Sophath, of the Cambodia Center for Human Rights, which was among the organisations to demand answers from the ministry, said he hadn’t seen the response, but if smuggling and illegal mining were possible contributing factors leading to the massive discrepancies, it would be a loss for everyone.

(03-November-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Illegal Sand Dredging Eradicated, Mines Ministry Claims A group of 41 civil society organizations issued a letter on Tuesday calling for the government to explain the discrepancies, while the opposition CNRP has threatened to summon Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem to the National Assembly to explain them.

In its response on Wednesday, the ministry called on civil society to “provide any additional data that may be available to help the Ministry…determine the exact cause of the difference between the two data…. The ministry is thoroughly reviewing and carefully examining the details” of the statistics.

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