Timeline on Human Right Violation

The timeline below - produced by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights ("CCHR") - offers a visual representation of some of the key human rights violations which have occurred in the Kingdom of Cambodia from 2013 - 2016, and follows our previous timeline covering 1993-2012, which can be accessed here. The incidents below focus on a wide range of issues, including land grabbing, restrictions on the right to peacefully assemble, political violence and more. Each incident comes with a short description and links to information sources, including civil society organization (CSO) websites and media articles. These incidents make up only a small fraction of the actual number of human rights violations which occurred during this period, and only particularly high-profile or emblematic cases have been included. The information contained in this timeline has been gathered from Khmer and English media articles and comments and analysis issued by civil society organizations and other experts, as well as monitoring findings compiled by CCHR.

Year : 2016   2015   2014   2013
Categories :
Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents (6)
Torture, arrests and illegal detentions (57)
Convictions of human rights defenders (14)
Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association (36)
Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders (11)​​​
Land rights and forced evictions (11)
Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights (7)


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Phnom Penh
7-Dec-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Sam Rainsy Party commune chief Seang Chet​ ​is ​granted a royal ​pardon by King Norodom Sihamoni, at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Mr. Seang Chet had already s​pe​nt 225 days in pre-trial detention for allegedly bribing the purported mistress of CNRP leader Kem Sokha. The pardon came​ ​just tw​o​ days after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Sam Rainsy Party commune chief Seang Chet to five years in prison following a two-minute trial​.​

Source : CAM / PPP / PPP / CAM

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Phnom Penh
30-Nov-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

ADHOC staffers Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda and Yi Soksan, and election official Ny Chakrya, were denied bail following a Supreme Court hearing.

Source : LICADHO / CAM

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Phnom Penh
29-Nov-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Phnom Penh City Hall refuses to allow civil society groups to celebrate the 68th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights at Wat Botum Park or in other public places and has threatened legal action if they try.

Source : KT / CAM

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Phnom Penh
15-Nov-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Police forces deployed at Veal Preah Meru in Phnom Penh detained seven volunteer youths for about three hours, only releasing them after they agreed to thumbprint documents promising to stop the voter registration education and dissemination campaign.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
7-Nov-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour to seven years in prison for displaying a "fake" border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam on Facebook.

Source : LICADHO / PPP

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Kandal
29-Oct-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Activist brothers Chum Huor and Chum Huot are barred from entering Vietnam. The brothers were arrested and forced to thumbprint a document declaring they wouldn't enter Vietnam when they visited the border to highlight misspelt issues.

Source : CAM / RFA

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Phnom Penh
10-Oct-16 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Licadho techincal supervisor Am Sam Ath was among those beaten by state security guards during a march at the site of the former Dey Krahorm neighbourhood in Phnom Penh marking World Habitat Day.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
22-Sep-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Deputy Secretary General of the National Election Committee, Ny Chakrya, is misspelt on three charges related to his alleged criticism of a judicial decision, emanating from his time as head of human rights for ADHOC. Chakrya was already in detention in relation to the investigation of Kem Sokha's alleged extra-marital affair.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
21-Sep-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

The Court of Appeal upholds the conviction of Ven Vorn, the indigenous environmental activist who had been convicted in retaliation for his activism to save the Areng Valley in Koh Kong.

Source : CCHR / EC

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Phnom Penh
4-Sep-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Boeung Kak lake activists Phoung Sopheap, Meas Sreypao, Sok Raksmey, Kiev Sary, and Cheav Sreynich are arrested along with balloon seller, Seng Thy, his son, Theoun Phanha, and nephews, Poa Vichea and Chum Sobinkeo, following a demonstration outside Prey Sar's CC2 prison calling for the release of human rights defenders.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
17-Aug-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Boeung Kak Lake activists Tep Vanny and Bov Sophea are charged with incitement following a peaceful demonstration during week 15 of the 'Black Monday' protests.

Source : LICADHO / RFA

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Phnom Penh
10-Jul-16 / Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents

Kem Ley, a prominent political commentator and activist, is murdered in Phnom Penh. Kem Ley had been a prominent social analyst and was often critical of the Cambodian government.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
5-Jul-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Boeung Kak activists Bov Sorphea, Song Sreyleap, Bo Chorvy, and Kong Chantha suffer minor injuries following a clash with Daun Penh security guards during week 9 of the 'Black Monday' protests.

Source : PPP

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Kampot
5-Jul-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Trade union activists Yon Sambou, Sok Siden, and Meas Touch are arrested following attempts to incite a strike in Kampot.

Source : CAM / PPP / Khmertimes

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Phnom Penh
23-Jun-16 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Government officials warn to take legal action against CCHR over publishing a report stating the Koh Kong Court of First Instance had insufficient evidence to charge Mother Nature activists

Source : RFA / RFA

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Phnom Penh
20-Jun-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Four women are arrested as the 'Black Monday' protests enter their seventh week.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
13-Jun-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Police confiscate the banners of supporters outside Phnom Penh Appeal Court as ADHOC staff members Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Nay Vanda, and Yi Soksan, along with election official Ny Chakrya are denied bail.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
6-Jun-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Seven 'Black Monday' protestors are arrested in Phnom Penh. The seven are later released after signing an agreement to stop demonstrating.

Source : RFA

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Kratie
5-Jun-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Sreng Pho is arrested while protesting against the seizure of her and other families' land in Kratie.

Source : PPP

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Kratie
5-Jun-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Sreng Pho is arrested while protesting against the seizure of her and other families' land in Kratie.

Source : PPP

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Preah Vihear
1-Jun-16 / Land rights and forced evictions

The Deputy Governor of Preah Vihear's Tbeng Meanchey district is accused of punching evictee, Run Phon. The incident occured during a confrontation over the clearing of land by a Chinese company.

Source : PPP

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Preah Vihear
18-May-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

10 NGOs are warned by Preah Vihear provincial authorities that there will be reprecussions for continuing to engage in 'Black Monday' protests.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
17-May-16 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

The highly restrictive Trade Union Law ("TUL") is promulgated. The law contains prohibitive provisions on Union registration and membership, along with the right to strike.

Source : CCHR / PPP

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Mondulkiri
17-May-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Four ethnic minority villagers in Mondulkiri province's Pech Chreada district are called in for questioning by police over a picture posted by the group to Facebook in support of 4 jailed ADHOC staff members and a national election official. The picture was posted on 9 May, the first day of the 'Black Monday' protest campaign.

Source : Khmertimes / PPP

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Phnom Penh
16-May-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Five peaceful protestors are arrested during the second of the 'Black Monday' protests.

Source : CAM / Khmertimes / PPP

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Preah Vihear
10-May-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Police break up a public forum organized by Preah Vihear province communities to discuss land disputes.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
9-May-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

The first 'Black Monday' protest sees six arrested, among them two human rights officers. The demonstration, which continued throughout 2016, involves supporters wearing a black t-shirt every Monday in protest against the detention of ADHOC staff members Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda, and Lim Mony, along with fromer ADHOC staff member and current deputy secretary general of the National Election Committe Ny Chakrya.

Source : CAM / LICADHO / CCHR

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Kandal
4-May-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

500 factory workers in Kandal province demonstrate in support of Chem Somphose, Vay Vanny, and Eng Sovann, worker representatives allegedly fired without cause.

Source : Khmertimeskh / PPP

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Phnom Penh
28-Apr-16 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Four ADHOC staff - Lim Mony, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Nay Vanda are charged with bribery of a witness, while NEC official Ny Chakrya and OHCHR staffer Sally Soen are charged as accomplices. The charges follow investigation by the Anti-Corruption Unit in relation to an alleged affair involving CNRP deputy President Kem Sokha. Civil society states the investigation and charges are politically motivated, and amounts to legal harassment of human rights defenders.

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
25-Apr-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Ou Virak, head of the Future Forum think tank and former CCHR President, had a defamation complaint filed against him by the CPP for suggesting that the ruling party was using a sex scandal involving CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha as a means to damage the political opposition.

Source : CAM / LICADHO / CCHR

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Siem Reap
10-Apr-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Opposition party CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An was arrested despite his parliamentary immunity. The crime for which he was arrested related to his advocacy against Vietnamese border encroachments.

Source : CAM / PPP / CCHR

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Phnom Penh
4-Apr-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Sut Chet and Chea Udom, from the Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW), were beaten by police at a peaceful gathering near Cambodia's National Assembly that was protesting against the draft Trade Union Law.

Source : LICADHO / VOA / REUTERS

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Preah Vihear
28-Mar-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Plain clothes police officers with no identification break up a meeting between UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith and ethnic Kuoy villagers in Preah Vihear province. The meeting had been arranged for villagers to air grievances over a concession granted to a Chinese company over land they had been farming for generations.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
15-Mar-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Kong Raya, a university student, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after calling for a "color revolution" in a Facebook post last year.

Source : LICADHO / CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
12-March-16-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Former employees of Capitol Tours were arrested for distributing posters to the public which contained images of the violence they faced at the hands of the government-aligned CCDA tuk tuk association, outside the headquarters of Capitol Tours. The drivers had been previously fired for attempting to form a trade union.

Source : CAM

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Kampong Speu
11-Mar-16 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Two female activists, You Ron and Ith Rom, were charged under the land law and sent to pre-trial detention by Kampong Speu provincial court. The charges relate to a land dispute where soldiers from the military "ACO" armored vehicle unit encroached on the land of around 100 families.

Source : LICADHO / CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
8-Mar-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Around 200 people who had gathered to participate in a bicycle ride for International Women's Day were blocked by mixed security forces. Participants were surrounded by police and forced to remain outside the Ministry of Women's Affairs for over three hours before they were finally allowed to leave.

Source : LICADHO / CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
6-Feb-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

14 people were injured and two protestors, Nan Vanna and labor activist Ruos Siphay, were arbitrarily detained in an incident where the police failed to intervene when around 50 protesting former employees of Capitol Tours were violently attacked by members of the pro-government Cambodia for Confederation Development Association (CCDA).

Source : LICADHO / CCHR / PPP

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Kampong Speu
2-Feb-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Trade union officials Toch Srun and Yung Leap are arrested in the wake of a garment factory protest in Samrong Tong district.

Source : PPP

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Kompong Speu
27-Jan-16 / Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents

Sun David, 19, was shot dead in Kompong Speu province in what police suspected was an attack related to a land dispute involving tycoon Uk Khun. He was shot three times with an AK-47 assault rifle by a group of men in Treng Trayoeng commune.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
25-Jan-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to rekindle demonstrations against the CNRP if he was met by protesters during a trip to the US for a meeting of Asean leaders.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Stung Treng
24-Jan-16 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Chum Huor and Chum Huot, two Cambodian environmental activists were detained by Lao authorities while photographing construction of the Don Sahong dam.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
3-Jan-16 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Participants were shoved, banners were confiscated and groups of people were broken up by riot police and security personnel at a peaceful gathering commemorating the second anniversary of the Veng Sreng killings.

Source : LICADHO / PPP / CAM

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Svay Rieng
21-Dec-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Police turn water hoses on striking garment workers in the town of Bavet in Svay Rieng province. 58 workers are arrested.

Source : CCHR / PPP

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Phnom Penh
7-Dec-15 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

The highly restrictive Law on Telecommunications is passed. Civil society groups warn that the law will impinge upon freedom of speech and individual privacy.

Source : Global Voice Advox / LICADHO

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Ratanakiri
2-Dec-15 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Land rights activists Sout Soeun, Em Chan, and Chreuk Touck are sentenced to two years in prison at Ratanakiri Court. The sentences come in the context of a land dispute which began in 2012 when workers hired by a Phnom Penh businessman began clearing hundreds of hectares of land in Borkeo district, with the support of armed police.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
13-Nov-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Phnom Penh municipal court issues an arrest warrant from CNRP president Sam Rainsy. The National Assembly's standing committee use this warrant as grounds to strip Mr Rainsy of his position as a member of the National Assembly.

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
26-Oct-15 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Opposition lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Sakphea are beaten outside the National Asembly as a protest against CNRP deputy leader Kem Sokha descends into violence. Later investigations reveal members of the Prime Minister's Bodyguard as the attackers.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
9-Oct-15 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

ADHOC activist Ny Chakrya is subpoenaed to give evidence at Phnom Penh municipal court in relation to a defamation case against him.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Koh Kong
7-Oct-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Environmental activist and indigenous peoples representative Ven Vorn was arrested on charges of harvesting timber products without a llicence and destruction of evidence. The charges stem from Mr Vorn's construction of a small visitor center and meeting place for local activists in the Areng Valley.

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
6-Oct-15 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Police and military police block demonstrators from reaching Prime Minister Hun Sen's house on World Habitat Day. The group had already marched peacefully from Dey Krahorm neighbourhood to the National Assembly, where a petition was delivered to lawmakers.

Source : CAM

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Svay Rieng
30-Sept-15 / Land rights and forced evictions

Land activists and brothers Suon Seiha, Suon Hongly, and Suon Hou are sentenced to five years in jail over land clearing charges.

Source : CAM

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Kompot
14-Sep-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Land rights activists Ly Kemthuy and Ly Kemheang are arrested following a protest in relation to a land dispute in Kampot province. The pair are demanding that families in Chhuk District's Decho Aphivat commune receive plots that were promised to them.

Source : CAM

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Koh Kong
2-Sep-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

17 protestors, NGO staff, and media workers are arrested following a peaceful demonstration in support of the Chi Khor Krom community's land conflict. Human rights monitors and an NGO medic are among those detained.

Source : LICADHO

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Koh Kong
22-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Koh Kong provincial police raid the headquarters of activist group Mother Nature, following the arrest of three of the groups activists.

Source : KHT

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Phnom Penh
20-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Khemarak University student Kong Raya is arrested after allegedly advocating a, "color revolution", in a Facebook post. Senior Licadho investigator Am Sam Ath criticises the decision as Mr Raiya's post was, "just the expression of an idea".

Source : LICADHO

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Koh Kong
18-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Mother Nature activists Try Sovikea, Sun Mala, and Sim Samnang are arrested after refusing to appear for questioning in relation to their involvement in protests over sand dredging. Another Mother Nature activist, Meng Heng, alleges police read out the arrest warrant unclearly and confiscated the phones of those who had recorded the arrest.

Source : PPP

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Koh Kong
17-Aug-15 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

40 supporters of arrested Mother Nature activists Try Sovikea, Sun Mala, and Sim Samnang, are prevented by authorities from entering Koh Kong City where they had planned to stage a protest outside the provincial court.

Source : KHT / LICADHO / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
15-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour is arrested in Phnom Penh, having been accused of treason by Prime Minister Hun Sen in relation to a Facebook post.

Source : PPP / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
14-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the arrest of opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour in relation to a Facebook post. The post depicted a fake Vietnamese-Cambodian Treaty in which Heng Samrin dissolved the border between the two nations.

Source : CAM / CAM / KHT

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Phnom Penh
7-Aug-15 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Daun Penh security guards attack land rights activists and journalists near Phnom Penh City Hall. The guards prevent journalists from interviewing activists and attempt to confiscate their cameras.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
5-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Authorities arrest another protestor in relation to misspelt's Freedom Park demonstrations, which has since been deemed an "insurrection" by the authorities.

Source : CAM / KHT / CAM

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Phnom Penh
3-Aug-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Two monks are arrested in Phnom Penh, allegedly for drug possession. Fellow monks, however, claim the two were arrested for having taken part in political rallies.

Source : CAM / CAM

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Preah Vihear
26-Jul-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

6 youth activists are arrested in Phnom Penh after a protest against the LANGO. Authorities say the six, who were dressed in prison uniforms and had their legs chained together, were detained for failing to ask permission to protest.

Source : CAM / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
21-Jul-15 / Convictions of human rights defenders

11 CNRP members receive prison sentences ranging from 7 to 20 years on insurrection charges relating to clashes with police over the closure of Freedom Park last year.

Source : CCHR / Guardian / BBC

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Phnom Penh
20-Jul-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Five activists are arrested following a protest against the Government's approval of the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (LANGO) in Phnom Penh.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
14-Jul-15 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Ny Chakrya, head of monitoring at ADHOC, is questioned over defamation claims at Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The charges stem from claims made by Mr Chakrya that two farmers were unlawfully arrested in a dispute with an agricultural firm in Siem Reap.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
13-Jul-15 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

The National Assembly unanimously approved the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) despite civil society organizations having urged the draft law to be rejected.

Source : CCHR / CAM

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Phnom Penh
30-Jun-15 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Police block attempts by protestors to gather and demonstrate against the Government's proposed adoption of the highly restrictive Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (LANGO).

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
26-Jun-15 / Convictions of human rights defenders

After refusing to vacate a plot of land in the Boeung Kak 1 area of Phnom Penh, land rights activists Ly Sreakheng, Mak Seavhoung, and Ly Seavminh, are convicted of using violence against a possessor in good faith of immovable property and sentenced to six months in prison. The sentence comes in the context of a long-running land dispute.

Source : CCHR / LICADHO / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
25-Jun-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Mother Nature activists Sorn Chandara, Doem Kundy, and Chek Netra, were arrested following a peaceful demonstration in front of the National Assembly. Dit Sothy, a member of staff at ADHOC who was monitoring the demonstration, was also arrested.

Source : CCHR / KHT

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Phnom Penh
9-Jun-15 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

Human Rights Watch urge Prime Minister Hun Sen to misspelt revisions to a draft Trade Union Law. In an open letter to the Prime Minister the group suggest that the bill, which places restrictions on union registration and leadership eligibility, falls short of international labor standards.

Source : PPP

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Kratie
9-Apr-15 / Land rights and forced evictions

Pralay Triel villagers in Kratie province are forcibly evicted from their homes by armed guards.

Source : RFA

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Phnom Penh
31-Mar-15 / Land rights and forced evictions

Rubber plantation workers and police bulldoze indigenous community land in Mondulkiri, destroying 170 huts. The land clearance comes amid an ongoing dispute relating to an economic land concession.

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
19-Mar-15 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

The Law on the Organization and Function of the National Election Committee and the Law on Election of Members of the National Assembly (“LEMNA”) are passed by the Government. The laws are adopted following a rushed and opaque process, and are criticised by civil society in view of the vague, sweeping powers they offer the Government in contravention of the freedom of expression.

Source : CCHR / RFA / CAM

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Phnom Penh
13-Mar-15 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Human rights lawyer Choung Chou-Ngy was convicted of, "procuring means of escape", after helping to secure the release of land activist Meas Peng from prison. CNRP lawmaker Chan Cheng was convicted of the same offence after collecting Mr Peng from prison.

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
8-Mar-15 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Over 500 monks and activists march in support of the release of 11 women land rights activists jailed on International Women's Day.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
16-Feb-15 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Spanish activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson was threatened with deportation in what appeared to be an attempt to put a stop to his environmental and human rights activism in the Areng Valley.

Source : CCHR / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
21-Jan-15 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Riot police break up the first day of Boeung Kak land-rights activist Yorm Bopha’s planned month-long protest in the capital’s Freedom Park.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
3-Jan-15 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Some one hundred military police and riot police grab, shove, and hit misspelt in a peaceful march to Borei Keila to mark the three year anniversary of forced evictions in the community.

Source : LICADHO / Video

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Koh Kong
19-Dec-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Twelve RCAF officers are stationed at the site of a roadblock manned by activists protesting the planned Stung Cheay Areng Dam in Koh Kong province.

Source : CCHR / PPP

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Kandal
2-Aug-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Three CNRP youth leaders are arrested and taken for questioning at Phnom Penh municipal court.

Source : LICADHO / CAM

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Phnom Penh
17-Jul-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Seven CNRP MPs-elect and one CNRP grassroots leader are charged with instigating aggravated violence, inciting others to commit a felony, and leading an insurrectional movement in relation to clashes at Freedom Park.

Source : LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
15-Jul-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

CNRP lawmakers, Ms. Mu Sochua, Mr. Men Sothavrin, Keo Phirum and Ho Vann, are arrested after clashes between district security guards and protestors near Freedom Park in Phnom Penh.

Source : CAM / LICADHO / VOA

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Kampong Chhnang
13-Aug-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Peaceful protestors from Kampong Chhnang are beaten as they march to the capital seeking a resolution to their long running land dispute.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
29-Jul-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Daun Penh security guards use stun guns and batons in a clash with land rights activists.

Source : PPP

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Kampong Chhnang
22-Jul-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Mang Yav is arrested at his home in Kompong Chhang province after being accused of destroying public property and causing injuries in a series of disputes with KDC International.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
8-Jul-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Riot police clash with monks and Khmer Krom students living in Cambodia in front of the Vietnamese embassy.

Source : RFA

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Kampong Chhnang
8-Jul-14 / Land rights and forced evictions

A company owned by the wife of Minister of Mines, Sun Sem, engages in a violent clash with villagers opposed to the company's attempt to extend its concession.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
23-May-2014 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

National Assembly ("NA") approved the three draft laws relating to the judiciary

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
2-May-2014 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Police violently disrupt a CNRP rally, with journalists and observers among the injured.

Source : CCIM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
1-May-2014 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Security forces attack demonstrators at a peaceful rally in Freedom Park with sticks and electric batons. Several bystanders are injured, with one severely beaten.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
29-Apr-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

A ban on all public assemblies from 1 May 2014 is announced by Phnom Penh Governor Par Socheat Vong in a statement published on the website of Phnom Penh municipality.

Source : CCHR

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Phnom Penh
31-Mar-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

A clash between security forces and supporters of Mam Sonando leaves one man injured and another in jail.

Source : CAM / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
20-Mar-14 / Legislative and institutional developments relevant to human rights

CSOs urge Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow participation in the drafting of three judicial reform laws. Legal and political experts worry the laws will further weaken the independence of the judiciary.

Source : CAM / PPP / CAM / RFA

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Phnom Penh
12-Mar-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Authorities announce that Freedom Park will remain off limits to protestors indefinitely.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
8-Mar-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Misspelt prevent a march by land rights activists and a peaceful rally in celebration of International Women's Day.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
5-Mar-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Three Boeung Kak lake activists are arrested after a demonstration outside city hall calling for additional compensation for the loss of their homes through forced eviction. The arrests come just one week after Prime Minister Hun Sen seemingly reinstated the constitutional right of freedom of assembly.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
22-Feb-14 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Seven members of a youth advocacy and social justice organisation are jailed while marching for peace.

Source : CAM / CCHR

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Koh Kong
28-Jan-14 / Land rights and forced evictions

29 families in Koh Kong's Botum Sakor district have their homes burned and crops annihilated by soldiers working for a Chinese company.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
27-Jan-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Military police violently disperse a peaceful rally led by Beehive Radio president Mam Sonando.

Source : PPP / Video

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Phnom Penh
26-Jan-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Protestors are beaten with truncheons and stunned with electric cattle prods by police after attempting to gather peacefully in Freedom Park.

Source : PPP / PPP / PPP

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Phnom Penh
21-Jan-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Eleven human rights activists are jailed after participating in a peaceful march to deliver petitions to foreign Embassies calling for an end to Government violence and the release of activists.

Source : CAM / CCHR / CCHR / CAM

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Phnom Penh
18-Jan-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

A top military police official announces that the Government's ban on protests will remain in force until the CNRP ends its boycott of Parliament.

Source : CAM

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Mondulkiri
14-Jan-14 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Three Adhoc rights monitors file an attempted murder lawsuit against a land concessionaire after being violently denied access to an area under investigation for forest crimes.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
6-Jan-14 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Five Boeung Kak lake activists are arrested while trying to deliver a petition to the French Embassy.

Source : PPP / CCHR / CCHR

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Phnom Penh
4-Jan-14 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Military Police forcefully evict CNRP demonstrators from Freedom Park.

Source : PPP / Video

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Phnom Penh
3-Jan-14 / Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents

At least four people are killed after armed forces open fire on garment workers demonstrating at Canadia Industrial Park.

Source : CAM / PPP / CCHR / CCHR

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Phnom Penh
28-Dec-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Striking garment workers block two major roads in Phnom Penh, and vow to block more unless the minimum wage is raised.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
25-Dec-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

A gathering of monks and anti-eviction protestors is forcefully broken up after attempting to stage a sit-in outside Phnom Penh municipal offices.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
11-Nov-13 / Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents

Mrs. Eng Sokhum is killed after police use live ammunition on striking garment workers marching towards the Prime Minister's house.

Source : LICADHO / RFA / PPP

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Phnom Penh
4-Nov-13 / Land rights and forced evictions

A bag of cobra snakes is thrown into the window of a home belonging to a family who are refusing to accept compensation to leave their homes in the Boeung Kak area. The family allege that this forms part of an ongoing campaign of intimidation to force them out of their homes.

Source : CAM / RFA

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Phnom Penh
30-Oct-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Anti-eviction protestors are violently dispersed by Daun Penh security guards.

Source : PPP / CAM

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Phnom Penh
18-Oct-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Security guards attack a group of women and monks gathered to hold a memorial ceremony for Mao Sok Chan, who was killed by security forces.

Source : CAM / CCHR

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Phnom Penh
17-Oct-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Police clash with evictees and anti-eviction activists who are demanding that new homes be built for them by the firm that violently evicted them last year.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
10-Oct-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Protestors clash with police and military police after authorities prevent a rally against forced evictions from being carried out.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
27-Sep-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Military police prevent striking garment workers from marching to the house of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
22-Sep-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Thousands of police and military police are deployed in Phnom Penh to prevent demonstrations at the opening session of the National Assembly.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
22-Sep-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Riot police attack anti-eviction protestors conducting a hunger strike at Wat Phnom.

Source : CAM / PPP / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
19-Sep-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Monks attempting to deliver a petition to King Norodom Sihamoni requesting postponement of a National Assembly session are blocked by police.

Source : VOA / CAM

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Phnom Penh
16-Sep-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Six men accused of using violence at a CNRP led demonstration, which resulted in one death and several inuries, are questioned by a Phnom Penh municipal court.

Source : CAM / ADHR

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Phnom Penh
19-Aug-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Four people who were apprehended while trying to distribute flowers (misspelt peace) to military personnel are alleged to have handed out leaflets encouraging a military coup, and are charged with incitement by Phnom Penh municipal court, despite a total lack of evidence.

Source : PPP / CAM

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Preah Vihear
14-Aug-13 / Land rights and forced evictions

Dozens of farmers in a Preah Vihear village are threatened with eviction after supporting the CNRP in the previous month's election.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Kampong Speu
12-Aug-13 / Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents

Sann Soeun, a 67-year-old prominent CNRP activist in Kampong Speu, is murdered.

Source : VOA / PPP

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Kom-pong Cham
1-Aug-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

A police officer threatens to, "blow up", five CNRP supporters accused of obstructing a road with motorcycles.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
28-Jul-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Military police are stoned and trucks are torched after a demonstration against voting irregularities erupts in a riot.

Source : CAM / RT

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Kandal
18-Jul-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Bun Sokhorn, a CNRP supporter, is charged with intentional violence by a Kandal provincial court following a clash between CPP and CNRP supporters.

Source : CAM / PPP

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Phnom Penh
4-Jul-13 / Land rights and forced evictions

Mr. Seang Heng, a 70 year old man involved in a land dispute with Phnom Penh city officials, is attacked. Mr. Heng believes that the vehicle involved in the attack is one that followed him on a previous occasion.

Source : CAM

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Phnom Penh
16-Sep-13 / Assassinations and extra-judicial executions of prominent figures, journalists, celebrities or outspoken dissidents

Mao Sok Chan is shot dead and nine others wounded as the armed forces use live ammunition in a crowd of commuters, local residents, and demonstrators. The incident occured on the first day of a peaceful protest by the CNRP.

Source : LICADHO

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Koh Kong
7-Aug-13 / Land rights and forced evictions

More than 100 families living in Koh Kong's Kiri Sakor and Botum Sakor districts are ordered to vacate their land in less that two months. The communities are to be relocated to land devoid of any public infrastructure and covered in forest, considered by many to be unlivable.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
2-Jul-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

A Boeung Kak lake activist has a miscarriage after being kicked in the stomach by a police officer during a land rights protest in front of Phnom Penh City Hall.

Source : PPP / Cambodia Herald

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Kompong Speu
18-Jun-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

16 union representatives are charged with various offences following a protest outside a garment factory.

Source : CAM

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Kandal
4-Jun-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

After a second violent clash in two weeks, eight trade union leaders are arrested at a Nike supplier.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
30-May-13 / Restrictions on the freedoms of expression, assembly and association

Authorities use water cannons on peaceful protestors from Boeung Kak, Borei Keila, and airport communities calling for a resolution to their land disputes.

Source : LICADHO-Video

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Pursat
20-May-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Kuch Veng, a well known opponent of economic land concessions, arrested on fraud accusations.

Source : PPP

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Ratanakkiri
1-May-13 / Land rights and forced evictions

Jarai minority villagers in the Ratanakiri's O'Yadav district protest against a Vietnamese company accused by community leaders of clearing protected land and forcing villagers to accept inadequate compensation.

Source : PPP

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Phnom Penh
27-Mar-13 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Ten unionists from the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) were given suspended six-month prison sentences. The sentences related to violence at the E Garment factory in Kandal province almost three years before.

Source : PPP / LICADHO

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Phnom Penh
13-Mar-13 / Convictions of human rights defenders

Supporters of imprisoned Boeung Kak lake activist Yorm Bopha commence a hunger strike in advance of her appeal hearing. Bopha was also refusing food in PJ prison.

Source : LICADHO / PPP / VOA / Video

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Kandal
25-Feb-13 / Physical and judicial threats against journalists and or human rights defenders

Seven members of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union were beaten with sticks, pipes, and stones after a protest outside a garment factory in the Sa'ang district.

Source : PPP

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Kandal
7-Feb-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Seven strikers, including a pregnant woman, were injured by police outside a garment factory. About 200 workers at E Garment protested to demand the reinstatement of 41 union members, sacked in 2007.

Source : CCHR / PPP

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Phnom Penh
21-Jan-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Authorities detained two monks after they blessed striking garment workers at a Phnom Penh factory. The chief at the monks' pagoda spoke out against the monks, in line with the Buddhist hierarchy's approach of tightly controlling monks’ involvement in politics.

Source : RFA / CCHR

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Kampong Speu
18-Jan-13 / Torture, arrests and illegal detentions

Free Trade Union activist Vann Bun was beaten with lead pipe by a factory official.

Source : PPP / LICADHO

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