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Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia

Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia

Released on 2016-02-11
This Policy Brief will outline the main findings of research conducted by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) on the challenges within the CLT process, and conclude with key recommendations for relevant stakeholders. More detailed information can be found in CCHR’s Report, “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia”.
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Women on the Frontline - The Situation of Woman Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia in 2015

Women on the Frontline - The Situation of Woman Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia in 2015

Released on 2015-12-28
This Briefing Note aims to provide an overview of the situation of Cambodian WHRDs in 2015, based on the experiences of CCHR’s WHRD Project (the “Project”) in the latter half of 2015. The WHRD Project is a gender-oriented extension of CCHR’s former HRDs Project, and is the first gender-oriented HRD program of its kind in Cambodia.
Briefing Note
Cambodia: Democracy Under Threat

Cambodia: Democracy Under Threat

Released on 2015-09-24
In recent months, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) has severely restricted fundamental freedoms and attempted to stifle dissenting voices, gravely threatening the future prospects for a peaceful and democratic Cambodia in which human rights are respected.
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States: Ensure Participation and Protection for Activists in Business and Human Rights Treaty Discussions

States: Ensure Participation and Protection for Activists in Business and Human Rights Treaty Discussions

Released on 2015-06-29
Geneva) - A forthcoming UN process to develop binding norms in the field of business and human rights should provide protection and space to contribute for human rights activists, a broad coalition of civil society groups say in a major new report. The report, submitted to the first session of the ‘Intergovernmental Working Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights’, makes concrete recommendations to the Chair of the Working Group and States to put human rights defenders at the centre of the process of elaboration, and the substantive content, of a treaty on business and human rights.
Briefing Note
The situation of Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia in 2014

The situation of Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia in 2014

Released on 2015-04-01
Despite protecting human rights defenders (“HRDs”) falling under the protection of legally binding international instruments, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), many HRDs in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) remain at high risk of a plethora of threats including arbitrary arrest and detention, physical violence and murder, and threats and intimidation and harassment. The reluctance of the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) in protecting HRDs, but moreover its active role in restricting their rights represents a breach of the state’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights and dangerously restricts the environment in which HRDs operate.
Briefing Note
Additional Submission to the Human Rights Committee  in Advance of its Second Review of Cambodia

Additional Submission to the Human Rights Committee in Advance of its Second Review of Cambodia

Released on 2015-03-11
According to article 31 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia (“the Constitution”), as well as the July 2007 decision of the Constitutional Council (Decision No. 092/003/2007), international treaties are part of the national law and courts should take treaty norms into account when interpreting laws and deciding cases. However, CCHR has observed that while the Code of Criminal Procedure of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2007 and the Constitution appear to incorporate the intentions of the Covenant, on a practical level the judicial system does not take into consideration the provisions of any international conventions, and in many cases has not adhered to the provisions of the Covenant.
Briefing Note
Impunity in Cambodia

Impunity in Cambodia

Released on 2014-11-02
Impunity means "without punishment" or "without consequence." In the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”), perpetrators of human rights violations, often individuals well connected to the authorities, regularly go unpunished and victims never see justice. This culture of impunity directly threatens the rights to truth,1 justice and remedy,2 and promotes fear that stifles the right to freedom of expression.
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