Press releases

Civil Society Open Letter Seeks Clarification Regarding Sand Exports We, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), are writing to request clarification regarding the sand exported overseas by Cambodia, during the period 2007 to 2015.

World Habitat Day Marred by Brutal Beatings of Human Rights Defenders We, the undersigned civil society groups, are outraged by this morning’s unjustified use of violence by district para-police officers during a march to peacefully celebrate World Habitat Day, and we strongly condemn this reprehensible attack.

 CCHR publishes report revealing grave impacts of land conflicts on Cambodia’s women, and ten new profiles highlighting Cambodia’s land disputes The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) has today – 27 September 2016 – published a report entitled, “Cambodia’s Women in Land Conflict” (the “Report”). The Report is the outcome of research conducted by CCHR’s Land Reform Project on women in land conflict throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”), and is available for download from CCHR’s website in English and Khmer.

CCHR press conference to launch research report on women in land conflict and ten new profiles highlighting Cambodia’s land disputes The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is pleased to announce that it will hold a press conference at 8:30am on Tuesday 27 September 2016 at its office in Phnom Penh, to mark the launch of its report entitled, “Cambodia’s Women in Land Conflict” (the “Report”), and the release of ten new profiles of activists and communities involved in land conflicts in eight provinces in Cambodia. The ten profiles complete CCHR’s Land Profile Series, which highlight 30 cases across 15 provinces and Phnom Penh, whereby communities and activists involved in land disputes have suffered land and related human rights violations at the hands of the authorities and private actors.

CSOs condemn Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the conviction of Ven Vorn, but welcome Supreme Court’s acquittal of Prey Lang activists Civil society organizations (“CSOs”), condemn the decision of the Court of Appeal – on 21 September 2016 - to uphold the conviction and one-year suspended sentence of environmental activist Mr. Ven Vorn, despite the glaring deficiencies in the evidence and charges against him, but welcome the announcement of the Supreme Court on 16 September 2016 to acquitted on appeal of Prey Lang environmental activists Chheang Vuthy, Sao Kan, Meas Vaon, Meas Koeurng, Prum Suy, Mao Thea, Nuon Kin, Hen Hai and Duong Chay.

Civil society condemns conviction of human rights defender Ny Chakrya Civil society condemns conviction of human rights defender Ny ChakryarnrnWe, the undersigned civil society organisations, condemn in the strongest terms today’s unjustified conviction of former Head of the Human Rights and Monitoring Section of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and Deputy Secretary-General of the National Election Committee (“NEC”), Mr. Ny Chakrya, by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. After a four and a half hour trial, Judge Khy Chhay deliberated for a mere 15 minutes before deciding to convict Mr. Ny Chakrya on charges of defamation, malicious denunciation, and publication of commentaries intended to unlawfully coerce judicial authorities, under Articles 305, 311 and 522 respectively of the Cambodian Criminal Code. Mr. Ny Chakrya was sentenced to six months in prison and given a fine of six million Riel (approximately $1500

CCHR publishes report revealing shocking levels of discrimination against transgender women in Cambodia, and urges government to take immediate action to protect trans rights. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) publishes today - 21 September 2016 - a research report entitled “Discrimination against Transgender Women in Cambodia’s Urban Centers” (“the Report”). It is available for download in both English and Khmer on CCHR’s website. The Report is produced by CCHR’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (“SOGI”) Project and is the product of research conducted in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”)’s urban centers on the prevalence and forms of discrimination against transgender (“trans”) women.

CCHR press conference to launch research report entitled “Discrimination Against Transgender Women in Cambodia’s Urban Centers” The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) announces that it will hold a press conference at 8.30am on Wednesday 21 September 2016 at CCHR’s office to mark the launch of a new research report entitled “Discrimination Against Transgender Women in Cambodia’s Urban Centers” (“the Report”).

Re: Call on the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution addressing Cambodia's gravely deteriorating human rights situation We, the undersigned international, regional, and Cambodian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), urge your delegation to support the adoption of a resolution addressing Cambodia's gravely deteriorating human rights situation at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (13-30 September 2016).

Civil Society Calls for Immediate Release of Boeung Kak Lake Activists

( 18-August-2016 / CCHR, ACT, ACHOC, CHRAC, CLEC )

Civil Society Calls for Immediate Release of Boeung Kak Lake Activists We, the undersigned civil society groups, demand the immediate release of two Boeung Kak Lake activists – Ms. Tep Vanny and Ms. Bov Sophea – who were charged and sent to provisional detention in Prey Sar’s CC2 prison on 17 August 2016, in relation to their involvement in the ‘Black Monday’ campaign. We also call on authorities to drop the spurious incitement charges against them, and allow for peaceful assemblies, such as those in support of the Black Monday campaign, as protected under Cambodian and international law.

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