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PM lashes out at opposition

PM lashes out at opposition

PPP, 2015-08-19
Yesterday, a coalition of 13 NGOs called Sok Hour’s arrest – undertaken despite his parliamentary immunity – part of a “far-reaching and systematic attack on dissent and democracy in Cambodia”.
Rape Cases Up 64% in First Half of 2015, Adhoc Says

Rape Cases Up 64% in First Half of 2015, Adhoc Says

The Cambodia Daily, 2015-08-06
Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that blaming pornography for rape was oversimplifying the issue. “I would not see it as a key factor. At the end of the day it is a [matter of] personal responsibility,” she said. “Some people blame alcohol: ‘alcohol leads to rape’ and ‘alcohol leads to traffic accidents.’ Of course this is a factor, but it’s the men’s responsibility.”
Hun Sen’s Comments Draw Criticism From Cambodian Rights Groups

Hun Sen’s Comments Draw Criticism From Cambodian Rights Groups

RFA, 2015-08-03
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that such terms are inappropriate for the country’s leader to use, but she was not surprised because Hun Sen has uttered such harsh and vulgar words to describe women in the past.
NGOs Call for Review of LANGO by Constitutional Council

NGOs Call for Review of LANGO by Constitutional Council

Khmer Times, 2015-07-27
Other groups have spoken out against the law: “The proposed law, as it stands, is unacceptable and in contravention with our Constitution and international law,” said Chak Sopheap, director of Cambodia Center for Human Rights (CCHR). “It will put at serious risk the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms and the capacity of civil society organizations to operate in Cambodia.”
Cambodian Senate OKs restrictions on non-government groups

Cambodian Senate OKs restrictions on non-government groups

AP, 2015-07-24
Chak Sopheap, executive director of Cambodian Center for Human Rights, called the draft that passed \"unacceptable and in contravention with our constitution and international law.\" She said her group would \"advocate for a review from the Constitutional Council and for the King not to promulgate this law.\"
Cambodian Opposition Party Leader Decries Sentences as Act of Repression

Cambodian Opposition Party Leader Decries Sentences as Act of Repression

RFA, 2015-07-23
Thirteen NGOs and associations, including the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Equitable Cambodia and Housing Rights Task Force, also condemned the court’s ruling, calling the sentencing of the activists unjust. They said the decision by the Phnom Penh municipal court, where the trail was held, was politically influenced.
Concerns mount as Cambodian Senate to vote on NGO law

Concerns mount as Cambodian Senate to vote on NGO law

Anadolu Angency , 2015-07-23
In an open letter addressed to Senate President Say Chhum -- sent out Thursday by Cambodian Center for Human Rights executive director Chak Sopheap -- the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations is described as being a source of “grave concern” as it stands. It is also accompanied by an analysis of the law’s key concerns, as well as some recommendations.
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