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Rights Groups Condemn ‘New Wave of Political Violence’

Rights Groups Condemn ‘New Wave of Political Violence’

VOA, 2015-10-27
Human Rights Watch and local rights groups condemned Monday’s attack on two opposition parliamentarians, who were dragged from their cars and beaten by an organized group of masked men.
Imperfect pact: remembering the Paris Peace Agreement

Imperfect pact: remembering the Paris Peace Agreement

PPP, 2015-10-23
On this day 24 years ago, 19 governments came together to sign the Paris Peace Agreements, which finally provided a comprehensive political settlement to end the “tragic conflict and continuing bloodshed” that tore Cambodia apart for decades. Since 1970, Cambodia was respectively ravaged by an intensive bombing campaign by foreign militaries, a coup d’état, the inconceivable horror of the Khmer Rouge regime, and a bloody civil war. As some of the worst victims of the brutality of Cold War realpolitik, it is truly a testament to the spirit of the Cambodian people that the nation has been able to move on from such a history.
Discrimination Against LGBT Community ‘High’

Discrimination Against LGBT Community ‘High’

Khmer Times, 2015-10-18
Its SOGI project coordinator, Nuon Sidara, said: “LGBT discrimination is still high, especially in schools. However, the government shows it supports their rights and we will work with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
In Cambodia, Some Families Still Try To 'Cure' LGBT Sons And Daughters

In Cambodia, Some Families Still Try To 'Cure' LGBT Sons And Daughters

The Huffington Post, 2015-10-14
In 2011, a ban prohibiting gay marriage was abolished, rendering same-sex unions neither legal nor illegal. Since then, Sidara says, there are occasional same-sex marriages in some parts of the country. "Some village chiefs have decided to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples in cases where one of the couple is willing to identify as the opposite sex on the marriage certificate,” Sidara explains.
Don’t Worry, Gov’t Tells Net Users

Don’t Worry, Gov’t Tells Net Users

Khmer Times, 2015-09-29
The Cambodia Center for Human Rights said it was concerned about the arrest of people over their social media use, including a university student who called for a “color revolution” to encourage political change.
World Bank back to Cambodia?

World Bank back to Cambodia?

Bretton Woods Project, 2015-09-28
In August a group of 15 Cambodian NGOs, including the NGO Forum of Cambodia and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, supported by 28 international NGOs, submitted a letter to the World Bank country director seeking “assurances … that the ISN [Interim Strategy Note] will [deal] with outstanding grievances of the Boeung Kak families, as per the Bank’s public commitment.” The letter demanded that the Bank establish “a programme that will provide livelihood and other development support for the evicted Boeung Kak families”.
Cambodia is cracking down on internet, mobile phone usage

Cambodia is cracking down on internet, mobile phone usage

Asian Correspondent, 2015-09-28
Rights groups talk about another clear attempt by the government to curtail civil liberties. “The motivation is to control people using mobile and internet services,” said Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “In light of the recent arrests of ordinary people and opposition figures for Facebook posts, this apparently innocuous regulation can be seen as a real threat to freedom of expression in Cambodia.”
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