Press releases

Civil society launches #FreeThe5KH campaign in support of the imprisoned ADHOC staff and NEC official We, the undersigned civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, launch today – 8 August 2016 – the #FreeThe5KH campaign in support of the five human rights defenders, who are currently in pre-trial detention and under judicial investigation for allegations of bribery.

CAMBODIA: Release detained human rights defenders and stop their harassment Paris-Geneva, July 21, 2016 - The Cambodian Government must immediately release five prominent human rights defenders who are currently arbitrarily detained based on trumped-up charges that stem solely from their human rights activities, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said today. The call was made following a three-day mission conducted by the Observatory in Phnom Penh. The Observatory also calls on the authorities to end threats, intimidation, and harassment against human rights defenders in the country.

Cambodia: Killing of Kem Ley adds grave concern to the deteriorating human rights situation (13 July 2016) – We, the undersigned organisations, are deeply shocked by the murder of Kem Ley, a prominent Cambodian activist, political analyst, and government critic, on 10 July 2016. We strongly condemn Kem Ley’s murder and express our condolences to his family. We call for a prompt, thorough, impartial, and independent investigation into his death, and call on the authorities to ensure accountability for this atrocious killing.

Cambodian Civil Society Condemns Outrageous Murder of Political Analyst Kem Ley We, the undersigned Cambodian civil society groups, are outraged at the brutal murder of independent political analyst and grassroots organiser Kem Ley yesterday morning, and call for a prompt, thorough and independent inquiry into his death.

UN Human Rights Council Puts Cambodia on Notice

( 04-July-2016 / CCHR, FORUM-ASIA, LICADHO )

UN Human Rights Council Puts Cambodia on Notice (Geneva, 4 July 2016) – The 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council which concluded its debates on Friday, 1 July 2016, saw several states speak out against the narrowing space for civil society and dissent in Cambodia. On Thursday, Japan, France, United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union expressed concern at the recent escalation of attacks on civil society and the political opposition.

CSOs condemn decision to find Boeng Kak land activist Yorm Bopha guilty following retrial We, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”) condemn the decision made yesterday – 28 June 2016 – by the Appeal Court to find guilty for a second time Boeng Kak land rights activist Yorm Bopha, following a retrial in relation to an alleged attack on two motorbike taxi drivers in 2012. Yorm Bopha was given a three-year prison sentence, which will take into account the fourteen months and eighteen days she has already spent in prison, with the remainder of her sentence suspended.

 Legal Analysis of the Prosecution of Four Mother Nature Activists On 17 August 2015, Mr. San Mala, Mr. Try Sovikea and Mr. Sim Somnang (the “detained charged persons”) were arrested and charged under Article 424 of the Criminal Code of the Kingdom of Cambodia (the “Penal Code”) with threatening to destroy property followed by an order. They have been detained since their arrest in Koh Kong’s provincial prison. On 05 February 2016, it became public that Mr. Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson had been charged under Article 29 of the Penal Code with being an accomplice to the same offense.

Urgent Appeal - The Observatory

( 14-June-2016 / OMCT, FIDH )

Urgent Appeal - The Observatory The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and FIDH, has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cambodia.

Human Rights Now calls for the immediate release of human rights defenders in Cambodia Human Rights Now (HRN), a Tokyo-based international human rights NGO, expresses grave concern over the recent oppression of human rights defenders and political opposition in Cambodia. Four staff members of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), and a deputy secretary-general of Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC), have been imprisoned under spurious charges of “bribing a witness.” A United Nations (UN) official has been charged as an accomplice to the crime.

European Union and Cambodian Government  conclude their Ninth Joint Committee The 9th EU-Cambodia Joint Committee was held in Phnom Penh, capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, on 4 May 2016 and was preceded by subgroups on development cooperation, on institution building, administrative reform, legal and judicial reform, governance and human rights, and on trade. The Joint Committee was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Ouch Borith, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia and by Mr. Ugo Astuto, Deputy Managing Director, Asia and Pacific of the European External Action Service.

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