Phnom Penh, 11 June 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is gravely concerned at witness reports to ADHOC investigators of the killing of up to nine Cambodian migrants and the beating of another by the Thai armed forces as part of the Thai military junta’s campaign to expel illegal migrants working in the country. This vicious campaign has seen thousands of Cambodians packed into trucks like animals and forcibly returned to Cambodia. Returnees have reported violent raids on houses where illegal immigrants are suspected of residing and incidences of the tearing up of documentation entitling Cambodians to work legally in the country. ADHOC will continue to investigate these claims.
I write to you regarding the speech you delivered on 18 August 2014 at the opening of the workshop on the national strategy for food security and nutrition 2014-2018. I welcome your commitment to find solutions to land disputes in the country. Land conflicts have been plaguing Cambodia for many years, affecting an important part of the Cambodian population. One can only agree that concrete solutions that address the root causes of the land conflict situation must be identified and implemented as soon as possible.
On August 18, 2014, the Phnom Penh Sugar Co. Ltd., took out advertisements in several major Cambodian newspapers accusing Equitable Cambodia’s Executive Director, Mr. Eang Vuthy, of making false and misleading statements about Oknha Ly Yong Phat, and causing “irreparable damage” to the Senator’s reputation as well as that of his business, Phnom Penh Sugar.
LICADHO calls for immediate family access to all three CNRP youth leaders currently detained in Prey Sar's CC1 prison. Khin Chamreun, Neang Sokhun and San Kimheng have now been in pre-trial detention for 18 days and have not been permitted any family visits.
The civil society organization are calling for the release of 5 Lor Peang villagers who were arrested and detained by Kampong Chhnang provincial authority, due to the land dispute between KDC Company of Ms. Chea Kheng who is a wife of H.E Suy Sem, the Minister for Industry, Mines and Energy. We also call the resolution on the land dispute for them as soon as possible.
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