Press releases

LICADHO Cancels IHRD Prison Activities for the First Time in 20 Years Due to Prohibitive Restrictions December 6, 2015 - LICADHO will not be able to conduct activities planned in 18 prisons for International Human Rights Day (IHRD) on December 10, 2015 due to prohibitive written conditions set by the General Department of Prisons (GDP).

Thousands Set to Celebrate International Human Rights Day Across the Country December 4, 2015 - Thousands of Cambodians in 16 provinces will gather to celebrate the 67th International Human Rights Day (IHRD), culminating in a joint celebration in Phnom Penh.

Cross regional group of human rights defenders calls on business to take action for their engagement and protection Many human rights defenders (HRDs) face significant risks to their lives and livelihoods on a daily basis. They work under threats of abductions, surveillance, intimidation, violence and sometimes death, as a result of their efforts to defend human rights in the face of harmful business activities.

Getting Away With It: The Treatment of Rape in Cambodia's Justice System November 29, 2015 - Today, to mark the global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which began on November 25 and runs until December 10, LICADHO is publishing a new report Getting Away With It: The Treatment of Rape in Cambodia’s Justice System. The report presents evidence of the immense failure of the Cambodian justice system to properly investigate and prosecute cases of rape involving women and children. It provides details of multiple systemic flaws – corruption, discriminatory attitudes towards women and girls, misinterpretation of the law, and lack of resources – which, together, mean that many perpetrators of rape receive only very lenient punishment or go completely unpunished.

 CCHR to hold a Gathering of Netizens and Panel Discussion entitled: “The Future of Digital Rights in Cambodia” On Monday, 30 November, The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) will hold a panel discussion on The Future of Digital Rights in Cambodia. The panelists will debate ideas and perspectives regarding concerns such as online freedom of expression and online privacy and security in Cambodia. The panel discussion will be attended by a selection of Cambodia’s most prominent Internet activists and bloggers – who will debate some of the most burning issues in the world of digital rights today.

Joint NGO letter to UN Member States Regarding the UN Resolution on HRDs We write to you as a group of human rights defenders and civil society organizations located across the world working at national, regional and international levels. We write in regard to the draft resolution entitled ”Recognizing the role of human rights defenders and the need for their protection“ currently being advanced in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee, and due to be adopted on Wednesday 25 November 2015.

CSOs condemn opposition crackdown and express concern over threats to democracy We, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”) condemn the severe crackdown which is being undertaken by the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) against Cambodia’s political opposition, along with the absolute control of the judiciary being exercised by the RGC in order to harass its opponents.

International Urgent Appeal to Stop Judicial Harassment of and to Release Mother Nature activists On 09 November 2015, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint programme of FIDH and OMCT) requested urgent intervention in the case of Sim Somnang, Tri Sovikea, and San Mala, members of NGO “Mother Nature”, a local environmental group known for its efforts to stop illegal sand dredging and the construction of a controversial hydropower dam in Koh Kong Province.

LICADHO Calls for Immediate Closure of Prey Speu Center Following Two Deaths November 3, 2015 - Following the deaths of two people unlawfully detained in the Prey Speu “Social Affairs” Center after having been arbitrarily arrested prior to Pchum Ben, LICADHO calls on relevant authorities to investigate the deaths and reiterates calls for the prompt closure of Prey Speu and all other such centers operating outside the criminal justice system. These are the second and third such deaths in less than a year.

Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials  Adopted by General Assembly resolution 34/169 of 17 December 1979 Law enforcement officials shall at all times fulfil the duty imposed upon them by law, by serving the community and by protecting all persons against illegal acts, consistent with the high degree of responsibility required by their profession.

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