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Cambodia on ‘Cusp’ of Authoritarianism: Report

Cambodia on ‘Cusp’ of Authoritarianism: Report

Cambodia Daily, 2016-01-27
Chak Sopheap, executive di­rector of the Cambodian Cen­ter for Human Rights, said Cambo­dia’s low ranking came as “no surprise.” “The last year has seen a number of troubling developments which have represented a major step backwards for Cambodia’s democratic development, none more so than the crackdown against the political opposition following the breakdown of the so-called ‘culture of dialogue’ be­tween the CPP and the CNRP,” she said in an email.
John Kerry Must Balance Trade Deals and Human Rights on Asian Tour

John Kerry Must Balance Trade Deals and Human Rights on Asian Tour

Vice News, 2016-01-27
"The prospects for a peaceful and democratic Cambodia after 2018 are diminishing rapidly, and over the next two years a focused diplomatic effort from the international community is required in order to safeguard democracy," Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, who was one of the signatories of the letter, told VICE News.
In Talks, Kerry Balances Economic Partnership With Rights, Democracy

In Talks, Kerry Balances Economic Partnership With Rights, Democracy

VOA Cambodia, 2016-01-26
Chak Sopheap, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said she remains concerned about the basic rights of assembly and expression and a new law to regulate NGOs, which many fear will be used to crack down on further government dissent.
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.”
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