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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.
SIM card crackdown

SIM card crackdown

PPP, 2015-09-23
“When the Ministry of Interior announced the introduction of surveillance equipment on all of Cambodia’s internet service providers and cell networks in December 2014, the spokesman stated that the motivation was to ‘control people’ using mobile services,” said Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.
Top cop says no capacity to convict

Top cop says no capacity to convict

PPP, 2015-09-22
Voicing concerns that the government’s anti-cybercrime moves may be abused, CCHR executive director Chak Sopheap said yesterday an independent body must first determine what constitutes such crimes.
Legal Experts Say Justice Ministry Granted Excessive Power Over Judiciary

Legal Experts Say Justice Ministry Granted Excessive Power Over Judiciary

VOA, 2015-09-17
Chak Sopheap, executive director for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the International Bar Association’s report was an accurate account of Cambodia’s judiciary. But she said it makes “constructive recommendations” for reforming the laws, including that the Ministry of Justice not undermine the independence of the courts and that court officials not be members of any political party.
Cambodia Will Not Investigate Protest Shooting Death, Government Spokesman Says

Cambodia Will Not Investigate Protest Shooting Death, Government Spokesman Says

RFA, 2015-09-15
Despite a pledge by the Ministry of Interior to investigate the death, widely believed to have been caused by security forces, no one has been charged or convicted over the killing, the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) said on Tuesday.
Social Media Allows Expression, But Users Weigh the Risks of Rumor

Social Media Allows Expression, But Users Weigh the Risks of Rumor

VOA, 2015-09-04
“Since 2012, especially during the fifth election [in 2013], Facebook has been used in a dramatically different way, to share and discuss about social and political issues, and so on,” said Chak Sopheap, executive director at the Cambodian Center of Human Rights. “It’s unlike before, when they just used it for entertainment.” Social media provides a platform for free expression, Chak Sopheap told VOA Khmer, adding a warning that since information on social media was largely people’s opinions, it may not always be true.
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