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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.”
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.
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