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Human rights, lest we forget
Human rights, lest we forget
PPP, 2014-07-29
The end of the boycott of the National Assembly by the Cambodia National Rescue Party is a welcome development. The fact that both parties were able to finally come to the table and settle their disagreements should be welcomed. However, we cannot become complacent just because Cambodia’s political crisis has been signed away with a promise of reform of the National Election Commission.
A justice system ‘rotten to the core’
A justice system ‘rotten to the core’
PPP, 2014-07-24
ccording to Duch Piseth, head of the trial monitoring project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the court betrayed its lack of independence both coming and going. “The arrest of the CNRP members was not [justified], because they did nothing wrong. . . . If we look at the law on demonstrations, the authorities must arrest those who commit violence directly, not those who lead the protest,” Piseth said, maintaining that the charges against the politicians were strictly meant to up the pressure on opposition negotiators.
Analysts Sift Through Meaning of Political Deal
Analysts Sift Through Meaning of Political Deal
VOA, 2014-07-23
Ou Virak, a board member at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said Monday’s deal was not surprising, given that it was mostly discussed back in April. “But what impresses me very much is that … supporters of the [Rescue Party] will see the [party] as weak, especially because after their activists were arrested, they agreed,” he said.
One year in the making
One year in the making
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-07-23
The deadlock is over. Nearly a year after the disputed July 2013 national election, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday agreed to end its 10-month-long parliamentary boycott and “work together” with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party in the National Assembly.
NGOs told to up advocacy
NGOs told to up advocacy
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-07-18
Civil society groups will have to amp up their advocacy in order to see Cambodia fulfil its human rights obligations and implement recommendations proposed by UN member states, according to a national consultation in the capital yesterday.
Gov’t arrest strategy has familiar feel to it
Gov’t arrest strategy has familiar feel to it
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-07-18
The round-up and detention of seven opposition lawmakers-elect on insurrection charges in the past three days bears the stamp of longstanding ruling party tactics used to silence dissent. But political observers say this week’s clampdown is so wide in scale that it can only be compared to a similar blitz almost a decade ago.
Paging Sam Rainsy: Amid arrests, leader plans return ‘ASAP'
Paging Sam Rainsy: Amid arrests, leader plans return ‘ASAP'
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-07-17
Tuesday's brawl at Freedom Park and the ensuing charges against opposition members represent a turning point in the political stalemate and a worsening in relations between the two parties ahead of the one-year anniversary of the disputed election on July 28.
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