Press releases

CCHR launches social media campaign to commemorate World Press Freedom Day Today – 03 May 2016 - on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (“WPFD”), the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) releases a series of infographics as part of a social media campaign to highlight the situation of press freedom and access to information in Cambodia. The social media campaign can be followed through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the infographics can be downloaded from our website.

 Civil Society Condemns Charging of Human Rights Defenders We, the undersigned human rights and other civil society organisations, condemn in the strongest terms the politically-motivated charging of six human rights defenders from a Cambodian human rights group, the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) and the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR).

 Cambodian civil society organisations to focus on land rights to strengthen local communities’ ability to secure land threatened by commercial exploitation and infrastructure projects. Despite some progress with land reform in Cambodia in the last 10 years, insecurity of land tenure remains widespread. Hardly a day goes by without the media reporting on land disputes and loss of livelihoods as people are forcibly displaced to make way for logging, industrial-scale farming, resource extraction and infrastructure projects. “This is one of Cambodia’s most persistent human rights and development challenges,” said Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), adding that “land tenure security is the key to lifting millions out of poverty and food insecurity.”

 CSOs call upon authorities to immediately cease harassment of human rights defenders We, the undersigned civil society organisations, strongly condemn the summonsing and interrogation of civil society members for conducting vital and legitimate activities to protect human rights. This amounts to an outrageous misuse of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) as a political tool to attack and intimidate civil society.

 Civil society condemn the arrest of CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An We, the undersigned civil society organizations, unreservedly condemn the arrest of Um Sam An, a Cambodian National Rescue Party (“CNRP”) member of the National Assembly, in the early hours of 11 April 2016 in Siem Reap province. Not only does the arrest plainly undermine the constitutional guarantee of immunity for members of the National Assembly, but it also signifies the shrinking democratic space and intolerance of political pluralism in Cambodia.​

Joint Statement of Civil Society Organizations Involved in Promoting Women’s Rights in Cambodia on the Case of “Ms. Khom Chandaraty” aka “Srey Mom” We, members of CSOs involved in promoting women’s rights in Cambodia as named below, are very concerned on persistent occurrence of gender-based violence including the recent case of “Ms. Khom Chandaraty” aka “Srey Mom”, which social media and some local media have broadcasting her private life in great length. Currently, Srey Mom is summoned by the Phnom Penh Court on two separate criminal charges: False Testimony and on Prostitution on March 18, 2016.

Statement by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Professor Rhona Smith It is an honour and a pleasure for me to have undertaken my second mission to the Kingdom of Cambodia following my appointment by the United Nations Human Rights Council in March 2015 as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia. At the outset, I wish to thank the Royal Government of Cambodia for their invitation and cooperation extended before and during the mission.

CCHR to launch its Human Rights Education Platform: Land Rights The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is delighted to announce that it will launch its Human Rights Education Platform: Land Rights at Development Innovations office, #296, St. 271, Sangkat Toul Tompong II, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, at 9am on Thursday 17 March 2016. The launch will be conducted in Khmer.

 CSOs welcome the release of Ven Vorn, but condemn his conviction While we, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), welcome the decision made yesterday - 03 March 2016 - by the Koh Kong Provincial Court to suspend the sentence of indigenous community leader and environmental activist Mr. Ven Vorn, we strongly condemn the decision of the judges to convict him, despite the charge against him being completely unreasonable, as detailed in a Legal Analysis by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”).

On the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day, CCHR publishes a timeline of Cambodian LGBTI history and calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia to introduce Anti-Discrimination Legislation Today - on the occasion of Zero Discrimination Day 2016 - the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) publishes an interactive timeline detailing some of the major events in the development of Cambodia’s LGBTI rights movement, and calls upon the RGC to introduce legislative protection for LGBTI people as a matter of priority.

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