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Rainsy ‘twisting facts’: Vietnamese embassy
Rainsy ‘twisting facts’: Vietnamese embassy
PPP, 2013-12-13
In May, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said they had observed at least 15 trucks hauling loads of 30 to 50 tonnes of luxury timber from CRCK’s concession to the Vietnamese border. Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday that the CNRP leader’s allegations were a political attack and stressed that the government’s development plans would “increase income and solve social problems”.
Land-title program ‘ineffective’
Land-title program ‘ineffective’
PPP, 2013-12-13
Vann Sophath, land reform project coordinator of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said legal protections in Cambodia remained theoretical. “In practice, the poor implementation of the law allows for insecurity of tenure, unregulated development and forced evictions, thereby negatively impacting a growing number of victims,” he said, adding that the government should halt all evictions.
New Study Sees ‘No End in Sight’ to Cambodia’s Land Conflicts
New Study Sees ‘No End in Sight’ to Cambodia’s Land Conflicts
RFA, 2013-12-12
CCHR land reform project coordinator Vann Sopheth said that although the laws on the books provide a relatively strong protective legal framework for land rights, they are not carried out properly, often leaving residents marginalized and vulnerable. “The corruption, nepotism, and lack of political will [to protect land rights] causes land disputes between villagers and investors,” he said at a conference on land disputes organized in conjunction with the report’s launch.
Undercover underused: NGO
Undercover underused: NGO
PPP, 2013-12-12
But granting police greater authority also provokes the need for greater accountability. “Given the record of police abuses, I’m quite sceptical of how they would use the information and show proper restraint,” said Ou Virak, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “I don’t think we should be giving police more power until they can demonstrate greater self-governance.”
Groups insist on equal rights
Groups insist on equal rights
PPP, 2013-12-11
In interviews with the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer) individuals allege being targeted and exploited by police, subject to verbal harassment, beatings and gang rape. Reliable statistics and documentation of police discrimination or gender-based brutality are scarce, especially since, fearing further abuse and stigma, LGBTQ individuals rarely report the instances. “We know it’s happening, but we do not have exact data,” said Nuon Sidara, director of CCHR’s sexual orientation and gender-identity program.
Ambassador Todd’s Statement on Human Rights Day 2013
Ambassador Todd’s Statement on Human Rights Day 2013
Cambodia US Embassy, 2013-12-10
There is no higher priority for the United States in Cambodia than promoting respect for human rights and democratic principles. One of my first actions when I assumed my duties as the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia was to form an NGO Advisory Council with representatives from ADHOC, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, LICADHO, the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, the NGO Forum on Cambodia, the Cambodia Labor Confederation, the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, SILAKA, Oxfam, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and Human Rights Watch.
Cambodians Join in International Mourning for Nelson Mandela
Cambodians Join in International Mourning for Nelson Mandela
VOA, 2013-12-07
“Although he is gone, his heroism will remain as a legacy for mankind,” said Chak Sopheap, a program director at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “I didn’t know about his death, as I didn’t follow the news last night,” said a Phnom Penh vendor, Chin Rin, 39. “But I have heard his name for a long time as a global leader demanding human rights and democracy. I share my condolences for the loss of a global figure like him.”
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