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China, Cambodia Aim to Further Boost Trade to $5 Billion

China, Cambodia Aim to Further Boost Trade to $5 Billion

VOA Cambodia, 2016-02-04
Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, welcomed the government’s attempts at diplomacy with the US and China. Improved relations with the US will not hurt Cambodia, she told VOA Khmer. The US wants to strengthen human rights and democracy in Cambodia, and that’s a good thing, she said. “Things are going to be better when Cambodia tries to improve human rights and democratic values,” she said.
Government Blocks Alleged Letter Granting Logs to Try Pheap

Government Blocks Alleged Letter Granting Logs to Try Pheap

Cambodia Daily, 2016-02-02
Vann Sophath, the land rights project coordinator for CCHR, said his NGO had yet to receive a reply to its January 26 request. He said the ministry was obliged to release the records. “This is the responsibility of the government,” Mr. Sophath said. “It should be transparent so affected people can learn about this. Be­cause as a society we should know…because there could be something behind, secret.”
Access to information law site goes online

Access to information law site goes online

PPP, 2016-01-28
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, called the website “a positive and remarkable move given the government’s recent history in withholding drafts of the law”, she said. Sopheap has criticised the government for failing to successfully draft a freedom of information law. “Yet, for this initiative to truly be meaningful, the feedback must be taken into account in the final version of the law, otherwise it will be meaningless; simply another empty gesture by the government,” said Sopheap.
Report that New ELCs Were Granted to Logging Barons ‘False’

Report that New ELCs Were Granted to Logging Barons ‘False’

Khmer Times, 2016-01-27
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the CCHR, asked how the land could be granted to the tycoons, after a directive issued in 2012 by Prime Minister Hun Sen said that no new ELCs would be granted. She also voiced concerns about new land grants leading to deforestation. “If the companies are not being given a new ELC,” she said, “please explain what land rights have been given to those companies, and ensure that there won’t be more deforestation.”
Cambodia on ‘Cusp’ of Authoritarianism: Report

Cambodia on ‘Cusp’ of Authoritarianism: Report

Cambodia Daily, 2016-01-27
Chak Sopheap, executive di­rector of the Cambodian Cen­ter for Human Rights, said Cambo­dia’s low ranking came as “no surprise.” “The last year has seen a number of troubling developments which have represented a major step backwards for Cambodia’s democratic development, none more so than the crackdown against the political opposition following the breakdown of the so-called ‘culture of dialogue’ be­tween the CPP and the CNRP,” she said in an email.
John Kerry Must Balance Trade Deals and Human Rights on Asian Tour

John Kerry Must Balance Trade Deals and Human Rights on Asian Tour

Vice News, 2016-01-27
"The prospects for a peaceful and democratic Cambodia after 2018 are diminishing rapidly, and over the next two years a focused diplomatic effort from the international community is required in order to safeguard democracy," Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, who was one of the signatories of the letter, told VICE News.
In Talks, Kerry Balances Economic Partnership With Rights, Democracy

In Talks, Kerry Balances Economic Partnership With Rights, Democracy

VOA Cambodia, 2016-01-26
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said she remains concerned about the basic rights of assembly and expression and a new law to regulate NGOs, which many fear will be used to crack down on further government dissent.
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