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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.
Taking it to the streets
PPP, 2013-10-24
Thousands of Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters marched through the heart of Phnom Penh yesterday to deliver a petition signed with the thumbprints of more than two million aggrieved citizens to the United Nations. Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said he believed that police had finally learned that if people “can go about their daily lives” during protests, there is less risk of incident.
Tens of Thousands Join First Day of Mass Opposition Demonstration
VOA, 2013-10-24
PHNOM PENH - Cambodia’s opposition began three days of mass demonstrations in the capital on Wednesday to call for the government to allow an independent probe into alleged fraud in the country’s July elections. Under the accords, “four factions of [Cambodians] agreed to bring peace to the country,” said Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. That could be done today, he said.
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