Press releases

Boycott of Capitol Tours following brutal suppression of trade union activity grows as 50 civil society groups declare support In response to the brutal attack on protesting workers on 06 February 2016, we, the undersigned trade unions, community representatives and civil society organizations (“CSOs”), declare our strong support for the ongoing boycott of Capitol Co. Ltd, also known as Capitol Tours, and call upon the general public to join the boycott in solidarity with the wrongfully dismissed Capitol employees, and the wider Cambodian trade union movement. Capitol Tours has relentlessly violated the labor rights and fundamental freedoms of its employees and we wish to unreservedly condemn the company’s actions.

CSOs declare support for Mother Nature and condemn crackdown against the organization In response to the latest unjust charges brought against three further members of the environmental non-governmental organization (“NGO”) Mother Nature, we, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), declare our support for Mother Nature, and condemn the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”)’s crackdown on the organization and Cambodian civil society in general.

CCHR Publishes Report Entitled “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia” and Calls for the Protection of Indigenous Land Rights The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) has today – 11 February 2016 – published a report entitled, “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia” (the “Report”). The Report is available for download from CCHR’s website in English and Khmer. The Report is the outcome of research conducted by CCHR’s Land Reform Project on the experiences of indigenous communities and their engagement with the process to obtain collective land titles (“CLTs”) in an attempt to formally protect their traditional lands.

Civil Society Strongly Condemns Violence Against Demonstrating Bus Drivers February 6, 2016 - We, the undersigned civil society groups, strongly condemn this morning’s violence by members of the Cambodia for Confederation Development Association (CCDA) against protesting bus drivers and their supporters, as well as the woefully inadequate police response, call for the release of two men arbitrarily arrested and demand an investigation into the violence.

 Joint open letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry On the occasion of your upcoming official visit to Phnom Penh on 26 January 2016, we wish to take this opportunity to call upon the US to make any strengthening of bilateral relations with Cambodia contingent on the government’s significant progress in the promotion of democratic reforms and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

CCHR Publishes Report Entitled “LGBT Bullying in Cambodia’s Schools” and Calls Upon the Royal Government of Cambodia and Schools to Tackle Discrimination​ The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) has today published a report entitled “LGBT Bullying in Cambodia’s Schools” (“the Report"). The Report is produced by CCHR’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (“SOGI”) Project and is the outcome of nation-wide research on the bullying faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people during their attendance at school in Cambodia, and its long-term effects. The Report was commissioned after a large gap was identified in what was known about the experiences of LGBT students in schools in Cambodia.

 CCHR to launch research report entitled “LGBT Bullying in Cambodia’s Schools” The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is delighted to announce that it will hold a press conference at 9am on Thursday 17 December 2015 at Hall A (5th Floor), South Campus - Pannasastra University of Cambodia, Phnom Penh to mark the launch of its report entitled “LGBT Bullying in Cambodia’s Schools” (“the Report”).

CCHR Calls on Government to Uphold Human Rights in Cambodia on International Human Rights Day 2015 Today, 10 December 2015 – International Human Right Day (“IHRD”) - the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses alarm over the worsening situation of human rights in Cambodia, and calls upon the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) to take immediate action to put an end to the on-going human rights abuses throughout the country.

Cambodian Civil Society Working Group Commemorates the 67th Anniversary of​​ International Human Rights Day Under the theme “Promoting of Freedom of Expression” Today, on 10 December 2015, civil society organizations in Cambodia are celebrating the 67th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) under the theme “Promoting of Freedom of Expression” in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia.

 Vote in favour of human rights defenders resolution in general assembly plenary We are a group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels. We seek your clear support for the resolution entitled ”Human Rights Defenders in the context of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms” adopted by the UN General Assembly Third Committee on 25 November 2015. The resolution is due to be considered by the Plenary of the General Assembly on 17 December 2015.

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