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Cambodian ex-governor's shooting conviction upheld
Boston, 2013-11-04
Human rights groups say the failure to arrest Bandith and the light sentence demonstrate a culture of impunity for Cambodia’s political elite. ‘‘The sentence is way too lenient,’’ said Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. ‘‘I think it is still a case of impunity. Chhouk Bandith is still not appearing in court, is still not in detention, and there is still no serious attempt to make an arrest.’’
CNRP softens talk conditions
PPP, 2013-11-01
Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the opposition had already shown it was willing to compromise by cooling its rhetoric ahead of the talks. “They have already compromised on the preconditions … so I think that is a positive sign that the next round [of talks] might take place soon. I expect it will take place early next week,” he said.
Logging mogul blasted
PPP, 2013-10-29
Huge areas of formerly protected sanctuaries have been reclassified and divvied up for economic land concessions over the past several years, leaving just small areas protected. Those remaining areas, however, are increasingly threatened, according to a report released in August by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. In February, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries granted Pheap an exclusive licence to collect and buy timber from economic land concessions in Ratanakkiri.
NGOs See Gap in Rights Record
PPP, 2013-10-29
“These issues are not typically considered human rights priorities when it comes to Cambodia,” Nuon Sidara, project coordinator of sexual orientation and gender identity at the CCHR, said. The joint report seeks to put the topic back on the review’s agenda and faults the state for an array of sexual and reproductive health problems. “Substantive improvements with regards to the rights of women, sex workers, LGBT Cambodians and people living with HIV will require concrete action by the government,” Sidara said.
Cambodia protest draws big crowd
Bangkok Post, 2013-10-25
Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the demonstration "shows the people are not happy" with the CPP. "Both the opposition and ruling parties should accept the reality and reach a compromise," he told AFP. Hun Sen -- a 61-year-old former Khmer Rouge cadre who defected and oversaw Cambodia's rise from the ashes of war -- has ruled for 28 years, and has vowed to continue until he is 74.
Cambodian Opposition Rally's Last Day Draws 20,000
NPR, 2013-10-25
Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that intervention from abroad was "not going to happen." Moreover, he said, seeking outside help was counterproductive to building democracy from within Cambodia. "By going abroad, you're actually re-confirming this attitude of we need to depend on the U.N. jumping out of the sky, out of a plane or whatever, to rescue us," he said.
Embassy tour forges on for CNRP
PPP, 2013-10-25
Ratcheting their pressure on the government up a notch, opposition leaders Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy yesterday again boldly led thousands of vociferous protesters away from their designated protest area of Freedom Park, this time to the embassies of France, the United Kingdom and the United States. Ou Virak, president at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that although the opposition “has legitimacy” in complaining about widespread election irregularities and an unfair election, it was mistaken in basing its claims in the Paris agreements.
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