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Rights groups slam Cambodian PM as he marks 30 years in power

Rights groups slam Cambodian PM as he marks 30 years in power

Bangkok Post, 2015-01-14
Yet while Cambodia now enjoys relative stability, the authoritarian premier "has nurtured a system in which political power is based on alliance to the ruling party", said Sopheap Chak, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights in Phnom Penh.
VN wedding bells spark hope

VN wedding bells spark hope

PPP, 2015-01-09
Sidara Nuon, who works on the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that because Vietnam is a “leading country” in Southeast Asia, “Cambodia will affected by this movement”.
Will 2015 be a year of change for Cambodia’s land rights crisis?

Will 2015 be a year of change for Cambodia’s land rights crisis?

PPP, 2014-12-30
Will 2015 be a year of change for Cambodia’s land rights crisis? Opinion piece by CCHR's Executive Director Chak Sopheap in Phnom Penh Post
As Partnership With China Grows, So Too Concerns

As Partnership With China Grows, So Too Concerns

VOA, 2014-12-23
Ou Virak, chairman of the board for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, says Cambodia must avoid becoming manipulated by China, which is growing in power across the region. “The CPP is moving toward China,” he said, “while the opposition party doesn’t know what policy it has.
Gov’t waffles on asylum duties

Gov’t waffles on asylum duties

PPP, 2014-12-23
“It would be a good thing if the UNHCR were to handle [the Montagnards’] cases,” said Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights. “The subdecree was a premature delegation of responsibilities, as the government lacks the capacity and institutional credibility. Just look at its track record on refugees.”
Border killing prompts demand

Border killing prompts demand

PPP, 2014-12-19
Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, agreed, suggesting the matter be taken to the UN’s special rapporteur for extrajudicial killings. “The Thai military has behaved badly for a long, long time. They’re getting away with crimes, they get away with murder. Many, many people have become victims, this is not the first incident and never once has there been accountability.”
Controversial Cybercrime Law ‘Scrapped’

Controversial Cybercrime Law ‘Scrapped’

The Cambodia Daily, 2014-12-12
“If the draft law were adopted in its current version—the version leaked in April 2014—it would provide the government with legal justifications for limiting the use of social media and would seriously affect freedom of expression on the internet,” Sorn Ramana, project coordinator for the Freedom of Expression Project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said in an email Thursday.
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