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Discrimination Against LGBT Community ‘High’

Discrimination Against LGBT Community ‘High’

Khmer Times, 2015-10-18
Its SOGI project coordinator, Nuon Sidara, said: “LGBT discrimination is still high, especially in schools. However, the government shows it supports their rights and we will work with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
In Cambodia, Some Families Still Try To 'Cure' LGBT Sons And Daughters

In Cambodia, Some Families Still Try To 'Cure' LGBT Sons And Daughters

The Huffington Post, 2015-10-14
In 2011, a ban prohibiting gay marriage was abolished, rendering same-sex unions neither legal nor illegal. Since then, Sidara says, there are occasional same-sex marriages in some parts of the country. "Some village chiefs have decided to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples in cases where one of the couple is willing to identify as the opposite sex on the marriage certificate,” Sidara explains.
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.
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