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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.”
Singing Monk Sacked Amid Increase in Serious Crimes

Singing Monk Sacked Amid Increase in Serious Crimes

Cambodia Daily, 2016-04-22
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said senior monks should be trying harder to stamp out growing crime in their ranks, even if authorities were correct to deal with individual crimes in the legal sphere.
In Mistress Case, ‘Strange’ Use of Police Unit

In Mistress Case, ‘Strange’ Use of Police Unit

Cambodia Daily, 2016-04-21
Labeling the entire scenario a “farce,” Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said keeping the case in the public eye was a strategic move. “I believe the Cambodian people have had enough of these cheap games which are designed to trick us into forgetting about the serious human rights issues plaguing Cambodia,” she said via email.
Press Freedom Ranking Low But Rising

Press Freedom Ranking Low But Rising

Khmer Times, 2016-04-20
Executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) Chak Sopheap said it will have an effect on journalists’ ability to cover difficult issues plaguing the country. “While the implementation is yet to be seen, it is likely that this law is intended to provide the government with yet another tool to crack down on freedom of expression, which of course will impact independent journalists disproportionately,” she said.
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