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Facebook Battle over NGO Law

Facebook Battle over NGO Law

Khmer Times, 2015-07-21
Chak Sopheap, the executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said her NGO is finding rising support from other organizations and members of the public who are worried about the law. “We are still advocating against approval of the NGO law. We met some Senate members and told them about our concerns,” she said.
Chinese Police Start Placing Surveillance Cameras

Chinese Police Start Placing Surveillance Cameras

Cambodia Daily, 2015-07-16
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the collection of footage from CCTV cameras needs to be done openly to ensure the rights to privacy were respected. “As with many other such developments in Cambodia, such as the planned Cybercrime Law, there are concerns that increased means of surveillance and data collection could be used to intrude upon citizens’ privacy and rights,” Ms. Sopheap said in an email.
Arrest Warrant for Tycoon Filmed Beating Woman Yet to be Issued

Arrest Warrant for Tycoon Filmed Beating Woman Yet to be Issued

Khmer Times, 2015-07-13
Wealthy abusers in Cambodia often try to purchase the victim’s silence, said Bunthoeun Soun, coordinator of the Judicial Reform Project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “The wealthy can have impunity in Cambodia,” the rights worker said. “Some people have power, and it’s hard to bring them to jail or to convict them of the crime...when someone attacks another person, there should be punishment. We have to have the rule of law.”
NGO alert: Cambodia legislation gives government new powers to monitor, fine or disband

NGO alert: Cambodia legislation gives government new powers to monitor, fine or disband

The Guardian, 2015-07-13
According to the Cambodian Center for Human Rights: “It is deeply deplorable that the government of Cambodia has decided to pursue a rushed adoption process of a deeply undemocratic law and has ignored the local and global call for a participatory drafting process. Cambodian and international civil society organisations, the UN Special Rappourter on Freedom of Assembly and Association, the UN Human Rights Committee, several diplomatic representatives and most recently the EU parliament have repeatedly requested the government to ensure transparency and engage in meaningful consultations. Those lacking, CCHR calls for the immediate withdraw of the law and for its rejection by the National Assembly.”
Cambodian parliament passes controversial NGO law

Cambodian parliament passes controversial NGO law

The Straits Times, 2015-07-13
"Today is a very sad day for civil society in Cambodia," Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told AFP. She said there had been "a stubborn refusal of this government to listen to Cambodian people and to the international community".
Tycoon sought in brutal attack

Tycoon sought in brutal attack

PPP, 2015-07-10
Yet even if Bun is arrested, according to Bunthoeun Soun, a coordinator of the Judicial Reform Project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the culture of impunity surrounding elites in Cambodia means he is highly unlikely to be imprisoned. “When [it is] a rich guy or someone who has power in the country, normally they are not arrested and sent to jail,” he said. “If the government is committed to arresting someone, they can do it, even if they’re out of the country. If they are not committed to arresting them, they won’t do it.”
Koh Kong Land Dispute Nears End with Economic Zone

Koh Kong Land Dispute Nears End with Economic Zone

Khmer Time, 2015-07-09
Vann Sophat, land reform project coordinator for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), said land disputes were rampant in Koh Kong, adding that the province accounted for 10 of the 223 cases listed from 2007 to 2013.
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