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Young Lawyers Face a Future in Corrupt Courts
Young Lawyers Face a Future in Corrupt Courts
Cambodia Daily, 2014-08-09
Asked whether bribery played a part in this process or the courts generally, Pisey Kong, senior lawyer for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said: “It’s very hard to answer this question. They hide what they are doing, so how can we know?” Mr. Kong said that despite the right to a fair trial being enshrined in Cambodian law, he had seen many cases where this was not applied.
Lawmakers to take oath
Lawmakers to take oath
PPP, 2014-08-05
Separately yesterday, a group of prominent watchdogs and independent experts including Comfrel, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and NGO Forum called on both political parties to make specific changes to the internal rules of parliament in order to bolster “the effectiveness and transparency of the parliamentary process”.
Civil Societies Propose to Amend Internal Regulations of National Assembly
Civil Societies Propose to Amend Internal Regulations of National Assembly
Khmer Times, 2014-08-04
Mr. Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights\' board of directors, said, \"We want all parties in the parliament to have equal rights\".
On laws, CNRP in familiar fight
On laws, CNRP in familiar fight
PPP, 2014-07-30
But according to Ou Virak, Cambodian Center for Human Rights, chairman, regulation loopholes rig the system in the ruling party’s favour. “The president [of the National Assembly] has all the discretionary power, and unless that is changed, it will continue to limit the role of the opposition,” he said.
Human rights, lest we forget
Human rights, lest we forget
PPP, 2014-07-29
The end of the boycott of the National Assembly by the Cambodia National Rescue Party is a welcome development. The fact that both parties were able to finally come to the table and settle their disagreements should be welcomed. However, we cannot become complacent just because Cambodia’s political crisis has been signed away with a promise of reform of the National Election Commission.
A justice system ‘rotten to the core’
A justice system ‘rotten to the core’
PPP, 2014-07-24
ccording to Duch Piseth, head of the trial monitoring project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the court betrayed its lack of independence both coming and going. “The arrest of the CNRP members was not [justified], because they did nothing wrong. . . . If we look at the law on demonstrations, the authorities must arrest those who commit violence directly, not those who lead the protest,” Piseth said, maintaining that the charges against the politicians were strictly meant to up the pressure on opposition negotiators.
Analysts Sift Through Meaning of Political Deal
Analysts Sift Through Meaning of Political Deal
VOA, 2014-07-23
Ou Virak, a board member at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said Monday’s deal was not surprising, given that it was mostly discussed back in April. “But what impresses me very much is that … supporters of the [Rescue Party] will see the [party] as weak, especially because after their activists were arrested, they agreed,” he said.
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