Reports

Policy Brief: Land Issues after the 2013 National Assembly - Election and Recommendations The policy brief is based on the Discussion Platform on “Land Issues after the 2013 National Assembly Election and Recommendations” held in Phnom Penh on 12 December 2013. The Discussion Platform was jointly organized by the Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), Equitable Cambodia (EC), and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and was attended by more than 200 participants from 13 provinces including communities affected by land disputes, civil society representatives, and political parties.

Cambodia Universal Periodic Review Submission 2013 The human rights situation has steadily worsened since the last review of Cambodia, with a surge in violent incidents in 2012 as the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) prepared for national elections scheduled for July 2013. A social crisis has developed as the result of systematic land expropriations by the government, the ruling party and private actors with official support and protection.

Excessive Use of Force against Demonstrators in 2013 in Cambodia 2013 saw an upsurge in the number of demonstrations in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”),with hundreds of thousands of people taking their complaints to the public forum. From protests by garment workers and victims of forced evictions, to rallies by the political opposition, the end of the year was marked by daily news of demonstrations.

2013 National Assembly Elections Final Assessment and Report This report on the 2013 National Assembly elections includes findings, analysis, overall assessment and recommendations, as a compilation of COMFREL‟s reports and the situation room‟s statements published prior to election campaign, polling and immediately post-election periods, as well as an analysis of the election results. As with previous reports, analysis and recommendations seek to advance the debate on the reform and promotion of free and fair elections in Cambodia.

The Empowerment of Women in Politics And the 5th Legislature National Assembly Elections 2013 The Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) serves to promote democracy and citizen’s participation in the spirit of building capacity for nationwide networking and cooperation with its member organizations and partners. Democracy is not just about elections, but free and fair elections as they are a necessary condition of democracy.

Outside the Furnace: A Child Laborer Pursues Education for a Better Future TAA Sothea’s lanky frame and gentle demeanor give little hint of the gritty circumstances of his life and upbringing. Sothea has spent most of his 16 years living and working in a brick factory compound in Ba Kaing Commune. When the school day is over he helps his parents keep the furnaces going with a steady supply of wood, while attending to other tasks as needed.

Joint-Report on the Conduct of the 2013 Cambodian Elections

( 17-December-2013 / The Electoral Reform Alliance )

Joint-Report on the Conduct of the 2013 Cambodian Elections This report aims to provide a comprehensive view of the problems that have been described in several reports and research conducted on the recent elections. The purpose of this review is forward-looking: i.e., to create the groundwork for future reforms necessary to increase the public’s confidence in the credibility of the electoral process. At the same time, many of the points noted in the report echo recommendations advanced in the past by the UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, the European Union, and other respected Cambodian and international sources.

Cambodia: Land in Conflict An Overview of the Land Situation This Report – “Cambodia: Land in Conflict” (the “Report”) – is an output of CCHR’s Land Reform Project (“the Project”) and draws an overview of the land conflict affecting Cambodia, from its root causes to the forms it takes and its impact on the population. The Report uses data and case studies gathered by CCHR staff.

They Treat Us Like Animals

( 09-December-2013 / HRW )

They Treat Us Like Animals The 55-page report documents the experiences of people recently confined in the centers, who described being thrashed with rubber water hoses and hit with sticks or branches. Some described being punished with exercises intended to cause intense physical pain and humiliation, such as crawling along stony ground or standing in septic water pits.

 	 Politics in the Kingdom: Increasing Female Representation 2013 National Assembly Elections Following the National Assembly (“NA”) elections held on 28 July 2013, this Supplement provides an analysis of the data resulting from these elections with regards to female representation in the NA as well as with appointed positions.

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