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Ban Ki-moon Calls Foreign Minister With Concerns

Ban Ki-moon Calls Foreign Minister With Concerns

Cambodia Daily, 2016-06-10
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said Tuesday’s phone call was a step forward. “It is refreshing to see that Ban Ki-moon personally intervened,” she said in an email. “Interventions such as these serve to remind the government that the world is watching their actions and that their ‘honor and reputation’ are better served by respecting human rights rather than jailing their critics.”
Arrests Continue on Latest ‘Black Monday’

Arrests Continue on Latest ‘Black Monday’

Cambodia Daily, 2016-06-07
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the police had no legal grounds to arrest the women. “What the authorities did seemed to violate the freedoms of the people guaranteed by the Constitution and international law,” she said. “I think that if this [the arrests] continues, it will make the human rights situation worse.”
UN Statement Slammed for ‘Stunning’ Timidity

UN Statement Slammed for ‘Stunning’ Timidity

Cambodia Daily, 2016-05-31
Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the statement was effectively worthless. “[S]uch a non-committal expression of concern by the Secretary General will not be enough to seriously change anything on the ground in Cambodia,” she wrote. “Much more concrete action is required in this time of crisis,” she said, adding that signatories to the 1991 Paris Peace Accord needed to step up.
CHRC’s propaganda gaffes draw ridicule

CHRC’s propaganda gaffes draw ridicule

PPP, 2016-05-31
Cambodian Centre for Human Rights executive director Chak Sopheap said the video’s true mistake was that it advocated restricting freedoms, rather than promoting and protecting human rights.
Authorities pay visit to politics chat

Authorities pay visit to politics chat

Phnom Penh Post, 2016-05-30
Chak Sopheap, the executive director of the Cambodia Center for Human Rights said the event “would not even fall in the scope of the peaceful assembly law . . . It is groundless, intimidating and [contradicts] civil and political rights.”
One Refugee Left in Kingdom

One Refugee Left in Kingdom

Khmer Times, 2016-05-29
Chak Sopheap, the executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, slammed the deal last week, calling it “an affront to human rights.” “Many refugees have faced serious trauma and need to be settled in countries that can provide them with adequate mental and physical healthcare and vocational training,” she added. “Unfortunately, I have little faith that the Cambodian government can meet any of these needs right now.”
PM’s Bodyguards Get One Year for Beating

PM’s Bodyguards Get One Year for Beating

Cambodia Daily, 2016-05-28
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the sentence stood in stark contrast to the relentless judicial pursuit of rights activists and opposition figures. “[T]he principle of equality be­fore the law remains far from reality in Cambodia,” she said in an email. “Many human rights defenders and opposition supporters face disproportionately harsh sentences, for alleged crimes that lack any credible evidence.”
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