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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.”
Observers See Cambodia’s Democracy in Retreat

Observers See Cambodia’s Democracy in Retreat

VOA Cambodia, 2016-05-24
But the government’s recent actions have made the political situation “tense,” said Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “It is a sign of threats to other NGOs that have been working on similar issues to foster respect for human rights in Cambodia,” she said.
Standing with civil society in Cambodia

Standing with civil society in Cambodia

PPP, 2016-05-11
Nearly 25 years ago, history was made with the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements, which aimed to put an end to years of devastating conflict in Cambodia. The agreements were thought to signal a new era for a peaceful Cambodia, laying the foundations for building a Cambodia that was just and democratic, and which respected human rights and the rule of law.
Government Had ‘No Choice’ But to Arrest Critics

Government Had ‘No Choice’ But to Arrest Critics

Cambodia Daily, 2016-05-06
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said on Thursday that she was hopeful the E.U.’s stance would draw support from the larger international community. “While I think the comments could be stronger, I do believe that strong public statements from influential international actors can provide protection to Cambodian human rights defenders,” she said in an email on Thursday.
Gov’t touts free press record

Gov’t touts free press record

PPP, 2016-05-04
Meanwhile, the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) launched a social media campaign in support of World Press Freedom Day, highlighting nine cases of harassment of journalists in the last 12 months, including two assaults and a murder. “For Cambodia to enjoy genuine press freedom, the judiciary and government need to stop targeting those who dare to expose corruption and criticize the powerful,” CCHR’s Protecting Fundamental Freedoms Project coordinator Chhay Chhunly said.
Coming out: Film places ‘ladyboys’ at the fore

Coming out: Film places ‘ladyboys’ at the fore

PPP, 2016-04-29
These nuances of language have likely developed because gender and sexual orientation in Cambodia, like in Thailand, have historically been considered more fluid than in Western countries, according to Nuon Sidara, a project coordinator at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).
‘Perverse’ Watchdog Needs a Leash: NGOs

‘Perverse’ Watchdog Needs a Leash: NGOs

Khmer Times, 2016-04-28
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said, “Civil society in Cambodia is coming under sustained attack, and this situation is becoming more severe as we approach the election period. But these tactics of intimidation will not work. We stand united in the face of this intimidation.”
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