( 29-November-2011 / CCHR )
Article 316 the Criminal Procedure Code:
" Trial hearings shall be conducted in public . However, the court may order a complete or partial in-camera hearing, if the considers that a public hearing will cause a significant danger to the public order or morality..."
( 14-November-2011 / CCHR )
The Sithi newsletter is a new initiative aimed at disseminating information related to the Sithi Project and increasing awareness and understanding of human rights in Cambodia more generally. Starting November 2011, the newsletter will be produced bi-monthly.
( 10-November-2011 / CCHR )
The rights to legal presentation is fundamental to ensuring a fair trial and is enshrined under the Constitution of Cambodia by virtue of its incorporation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the "ICCPR"), s well under domestic law.
“This International Day in Support of Victims of Torture the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) supports victims of torture and condemns the practice of torture. Torture is a heinous crime and is especially repugnant when utilized by law enforcement personnel to extract confessions of guilt from those accused of a crime. Allegations of violence or coercion leveled at police erode the public’s trust in police and the wider justice system as a whole. Any evidence obtained by such means must be deemed inadmissible by the courts. Perpetrators of torture must be brought to justice after an investigation by an independent preventative mechanism.”
"This International Children’s Day, the Cambodian
Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) would like to
draw attention to the rights of juvenile accused to a
fair trial. The rights and best interests of the child
must be a primary consideration at all stages of the
trial process. Sadly this is not the current state of
affairs in Cambodia. I believe with a coopera
approach with government, working in partnership
with donors, NGOs and private organizations
Cambodia can develop an effective juvenile justice
process that ensures that young persons who break
the law receive adequate support to become
constructive members of society"
The presumption of innocence is a fundamental right in criminal law that must be present in all cases where an individual is tried for a criminal offence. The presumption of innocence requires that defendants appear before the court in neutral civilian clothing. Every defendant is entitled to be brought before a court with the appearance and dignity of a free and innocent person. When a defendant is forced to attend a hearing in prison attire, the implication that the defendant is a guilty criminal risks affecting, consciously or unconsciously, the judgment of the presiding judge or judges, the manner in which proceedings are conducted and, ultimately, the outcome of the case.
It is with great pleasure that I join in the celebration of International Women’s Rights day. It is important that the world recognizes the rights of all women to equality in every facet of our society.
( February-2010 / ADHOC )