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Letter Urges Kerry to Pressure Government on Human Rights

Letter Urges Kerry to Pressure Government on Human Rights

Cambodia Daily, 2016-01-25
Ahead of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s planned visit to Cambodia this week, local and international NGOs have urged Mr. Kerry not to sign any new bilateral agreements unless Cambodia vows to improve its human rights and democracy efforts. “Repression, human rights abuses, and impunity in Cambodia must stop,” reads the open letter, which was released on Sunday and signed by the directors of the International Federation for Human Rights, Adhoc, Licadho, Forum-Asia and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.
Groups urge Kerry to demand gov’t reforms

Groups urge Kerry to demand gov’t reforms

PPP, 2016-01-25
Five rights groups yesterday called for United States Secretary of State John Kerry to use a visit to Phnom Penh this week to demand the Cambodian government stop persecuting political opponents and rights, environmental and trade union activists.
Lawmakers, activists urge Kerry to discuss human rights in Laos, Cambodia

Lawmakers, activists urge Kerry to discuss human rights in Laos, Cambodia

World News Enespanol, 2016-01-24
Meanwhile, five human rights organizations asked Kerry to link stronger bilateral relations with Cambodia to significant progress in the promotion of democratic reform and respect for fundamental freedoms. Those organizations include the International Federation for Human Rights, Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association, Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of human rights, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.
Kerry urged to talk human rights in Cambodia

Kerry urged to talk human rights in Cambodia

newsfultoncounty, 2016-01-24
n an open letter published Sunday, the day before Kerry’s arrival, the heads of five local and international human rights groups said the diplomat should “make any strengthening of bilateral relations with Cambodia contingent on the government’s significant progress in the promotion of democratic reforms and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
Put Human Rights Before Economics, NGOs Tell Kerry

Put Human Rights Before Economics, NGOs Tell Kerry

Khmer Times, 2016-01-24
Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the CCHR, said that the US has the diplomatic clout to push for the protection of human rights. “Diplomatic pressure applied by the United States can and does have an enormous impact around the world,” she said, “so the extent of the United States’ impact on the current human rights situation in Cambodia can be significant.”
Kerry to Meet With Civil Society, CNRP in Visit

Kerry to Meet With Civil Society, CNRP in Visit

Cambodiadaily, 2016-01-22
The director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Chak Sopheap, also said she would meet with Mr. Kerry in a meeting she described as being facilitated by the U.S. Embassy. “I especially wish to inform Secretary Kerry about civil society’s grave concerns regarding the draft trade union law, the proposed cyber crime law, and the implementation of the LANGO,” Ms. Sopheap wrote in an email, adding that she hoped Mr. Kerry would continue to “apply diplomatic pressure” during the U.S.-Asean summit in California next month.
Focus on Porn Obscures Complex Causes of Rape

Focus on Porn Obscures Complex Causes of Rape

Cambodiadaily, 2016-01-22
Chak Sopheap, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said blaming pornography for rape could inadvertently serve to excuse perpetrators and obscure other causes of high rates of sexual violence against women and children. “Rape has happened even before pornography could be accessible to [the] Cambodian public,” she said, adding that blaming pornography for rape was similar to “when we say women are not supposed to wear short skirts because it causes the male to rape her.” “It can influence on our judgement and affect that way we address the core issue. It leads to impunity,” Ms. Sopheap said. “If we’re talking about rape, it involves a lot of issues.”
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