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In Mistress Case, ‘Strange’ Use of Police Unit

In Mistress Case, ‘Strange’ Use of Police Unit

Cambodia Daily, 2016-04-21
Labeling the entire scenario a “farce,” Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said keeping the case in the public eye was a strategic move. “I believe the Cambodian people have had enough of these cheap games which are designed to trick us into forgetting about the serious human rights issues plaguing Cambodia,” she said via email.
Press Freedom Ranking Low But Rising

Press Freedom Ranking Low But Rising

Khmer Times, 2016-04-20
Executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) Chak Sopheap said it will have an effect on journalists’ ability to cover difficult issues plaguing the country. “While the implementation is yet to be seen, it is likely that this law is intended to provide the government with yet another tool to crack down on freedom of expression, which of course will impact independent journalists disproportionately,” she said.
Transgender Cambodians at Higher Risk for HIV Infection

Transgender Cambodians at Higher Risk for HIV Infection

Cambodia Daily, 2016-04-20
Nuon Sidara, a project coordinator at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said he believed that discrimination and infection rates were linked. “Many transgender women in particular find it very difficult to find formal employment due to their trans identity, and this leads many trans women to go into sex work,” Mr. Sidara said in an email.
Government Nixes Chut Wutty Film Screening

Government Nixes Chut Wutty Film Screening

Cambodia Daily, 2016-04-19
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, noted that a similar decision had been handed down to prevent Meta House from screening “Who Killed Chea Vichea?”—a film about the 2004 assassination of the man who was the country’s most successful union leader.
Caution Urged as CPP Youth Step Into Limelight

Caution Urged as CPP Youth Step Into Limelight

VOA Cambodia, 2016-04-08
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, expressed hope that political parties would offer more opportunities to young members to progress. “I think that this should start from each political party,” she said. “What policy or mechanisms do they have in place for youth, women, and indigenous people? For instance, when they talk about a candidate, how do they encourage youth to participate? How do they ease the process for them?”
Justice Still Elusive in Cambodian Grenade Attack

Justice Still Elusive in Cambodian Grenade Attack

RFA, 2016-03-30
Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told RFA that the government has no desire to find out what really happened. “I think that there could be justice if all the relevant institutions perform their roles according to their authorized power,” she told RFA.
New LGBT policies necessary: CCHR

New LGBT policies necessary: CCHR

PPP, 2016-03-25
The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) has called on schools to adopt a flexible school uniform policy to help transgender students and for the government to introduce LGBT anti-discrimination laws, while USAID announced a program worth almost $300,000 for LGBT people.
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