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Court Dismisses Rights Groups’ Complaints
The Cambodia Daily, 2013-10-21
The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has dismissed two complaints submitted by two local human rights groups, Adhoc and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), against local officials who they alleged had de­famed and intimidated their staff, court officials said Friday. CCHR also filed a complaint against Batang commune chief Kith Chem and commune police chief Blan Nea for intimidation when local officials forcefully broke up a training session on land rights organized by the NGO in July 2012.
Authorities halt R’kiri thumbprint collection
PPP, 2013-10-21
After collecting more than 100 thumbprints, local government and police officials in Bakeo district invited Kvas Sang, a member of the district’s Keh Chung commune council, to a sit-down at the commune hall, he told the Post yesterday. “This is an in-your-face reality, [that] those reforms are either going to take time, or the CPP isn’t really going to let those reforms happen,” Virak said.
Cambodian Authorities Violently Disperse Protests Over Shooting Death
RFA, 2013-10-18
Authorities in Cambodia's capital on Friday violently cracked down on a group of protesters demanding justice for a man shot dead after police opened fire at the sidelines of an opposition rally last month, witnesses said. The gathering started off peacefully but "transformed into a violent confrontation with security forces, resulting in at least five people, including one foreign freelance journalist, receiving minor injuries," the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in a statement.
Media Groups Call On ‘Political Elite’ to Protect Reporters
Cambodia Daily, 2013-10-18
In a statement released Wednesday, the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, along with the Cambodia Institute for Media Studies, Southeast Asia Press Al­liance and the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel) is­sued their call to the “political elite”—demanding protection for journalists, promoting discipline among police forces and recognizing international standards of freedom of information.
Concern over Cambodian authorities' repeated attempts to limit peaceful assembly of civil society groups
IFEX, 2013-10-11
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights ("CCHR") would like to highlight and express concern regarding the continued negative reaction from Cambodian authorities in response to requests or notifications by civil society groups attempting to hold peaceful demonstrations in Phnom Penh.
Rainsy’s reasoning questioned
PPP, 2013-10-10
While the opposition party steps up its efforts to persuade the international community to cut ties with a government it says was formed by a “constitutional coup”, lawyers and analysts yesterday questioned whether the party’s reasoning has any legal basis. “The quorum has been changed for the absolute majority to make the decisions, meaning now it’s half, not two-thirds,” Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said.
Opposition Asks ADB To Suspend Funding to Cambodia
VOA, 2013-10-10
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has asked the Asian Development Bank to suspend funding to Cambodia, whose government he says was not formed legally following the July elections. Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said domestic political forces have more potential to create change than outside pressure. “I think both sides should sit down and hold mutual talks, then in my view there would be the possibility for better results.”
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