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Don’t Worry, Gov’t Tells Net Users

Don’t Worry, Gov’t Tells Net Users

Khmer Times, 2015-09-29
The Cambodia Center for Human Rights said it was concerned about the arrest of people over their social media use, including a university student who called for a “color revolution” to encourage political change.
World Bank back to Cambodia?

World Bank back to Cambodia?

Bretton Woods Project, 2015-09-28
In August a group of 15 Cambodian NGOs, including the NGO Forum of Cambodia and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, supported by 28 international NGOs, submitted a letter to the World Bank country director seeking “assurances … that the ISN [Interim Strategy Note] will [deal] with outstanding grievances of the Boeung Kak families, as per the Bank’s public commitment.” The letter demanded that the Bank establish “a programme that will provide livelihood and other development support for the evicted Boeung Kak families”.
Cambodia is cracking down on internet, mobile phone usage

Cambodia is cracking down on internet, mobile phone usage

Asian Correspondent, 2015-09-28
Rights groups talk about another clear attempt by the government to curtail civil liberties. “The motivation is to control people using mobile and internet services,” said Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “In light of the recent arrests of ordinary people and opposition figures for Facebook posts, this apparently innocuous regulation can be seen as a real threat to freedom of expression in Cambodia.”
PM Urges Gender Equality

PM Urges Gender Equality

Khmer Times, 2015-09-28
“Government officials and public figures use derogatory terms to refer to [women]. These should be avoided altogether to encourage all women’s rights,” said Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.
Cambodia Welcomes Same-Sex Marriage, Gov’t Spokesman Says

Cambodia Welcomes Same-Sex Marriage, Gov’t Spokesman Says

KhmerTime, 2015-09-24
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) yesterday lauded Nepal’s constitutional protection of LGBT rights, but described Cambodia as a less welcoming country for LGBT people than Mr. Siphan did. “Although domestic law in Cambodia does not criminalize homosexuality, LGBT Cambodians face discrimination and abuse due to their SOGI [Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify], both at the hands of the state and within society in general,” CCHR said in a press release.
New UN Envoy Wraps Up First Mission to Cambodia With Call For Judicial Reform

New UN Envoy Wraps Up First Mission to Cambodia With Call For Judicial Reform

RFA, 2015-09-24
“Democracy in Cambodia is at a crucial crossroads,” CCHR executive director Chak Sopheap said, adding that unconstitutional restrictions of fundamental freedoms had become “increasingly frequent and severe” in recent months, and as elections in 2017 and 2018 draw nearer.
Minister Insists Community Groups Are Exempt From NGO Law

Minister Insists Community Groups Are Exempt From NGO Law

Cambodia Daily, 2015-09-24
Chhay Chhunly, the coordinator of CCHR’s Fundamental Freedoms Project, said the minister’s clarification would help, but that she expected local authorities to continue abusing the NGO law. “We can use this letter to advocate if this kind of an issue happens again,” she said.
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