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Chainsaws stayed busy in past year
PPP, 2013-12-26
The extent of the devastation of Cambodia’s forests was brought into sharp relief as 2013 drew to a close, with a series of detailed maps and satellite data released by NGOs showing the drastic depletion of the Kingdom’s woodland ecosystems And in a report released in August, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said it had amassed evidence of rampant illegal logging in Preah Vihear being carried out under orders from Pheap.
Strike picks up steam
PPP, 2013-12-26
A statement released by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights on Tuesday aired concern over a letter the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia sent to the Labour Ministry last week, urging the government to enforce a zero-tolerance policy toward “illegal” strikes. “Regardless of the legality of the strike, a zero-tolerance policy will only ignore the root causes of the labor (sic) dispute and most likely lead to further violent crackdowns,” CCHR’s statement said.
Decision on Wages For Cambodian Garment Workers Triggers Protests
RFA, 2013-12-24
"CCHR is concerned that such statements calling for zero-tolerance on illegal strikes will only exacerbate problems within the garment sector," the statement said. "Regardless of the legality of the strike, a zero-tolerance policy will only ignore the root causes of the labor dispute and most likely lead to further violent crackdowns against workers and union members." "By making such statements, GMAC is only adding fuel to the fire," CCHR Coordinator of the Business and Human Rights Project Duch Piseth said. "Instead we call on GMAC to work together with workers and unions to settle disputes peacefully."
Activist’s Facebook firestorm
PPP, 2013-12-20
A vicious backlash on social media has seen angry messages escalate to death threats against human rights activist Ou Virak in reaction to his call for opposition leader Sam Rainsy to stop inciting discrimination against the Vietnamese. Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, has been attacked on his Facebook page in comments ranging from disappointment to outright vulgar abuse.
Rights Group Reaffirms Stance on Use of ‘Yuon’
Cambodia Daily, 2013-12-19
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) on Wednesday released a statement seeking to clarify an open letter it issued on December 12, which accused CNRP President Sam Rainsy of making comments that are “both derogatory and discriminatory, against…people of Vietnamese origin.” The original letter, signed by CCHR president Ou Virak, admonishes Mr. Rainsy for using the term “yuon,” which can be used as a derogatory way to refer to someone of Vietnamese origin.
Hun Sen’s Human Rights Speech Finds Little Purchase
VOA, 2013-12-13
Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the amount of corruption among government officials makes improving human rights very difficult. “Some of them have changed,” he said. “But many individuals who violate human rights are still holding key positions in the government. They have a culture of looking down on the poor, and also caste divisions of old habit.” Impunity remains a problem, with a legal system incapable of punishing wrongdoers in positions of power, he said.
Rainsy ‘twisting facts’: Vietnamese embassy
PPP, 2013-12-13
In May, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said they had observed at least 15 trucks hauling loads of 30 to 50 tonnes of luxury timber from CRCK’s concession to the Vietnamese border. Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday that the CNRP leader’s allegations were a political attack and stressed that the government’s development plans would “increase income and solve social problems”.
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