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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.”
Gov visits Boeung Trabek following demolitions

Gov visits Boeung Trabek following demolitions

PPP, 2016-01-21
Vann Sophath, the land reform project coordinator for rights group CCHR, also expressed doubts about Socheatvong’s promise of a solution. “The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall should find a peaceful resolution, with the agreement of all sides. The authority should hold a meeting joined by the affected people and civil society organisations to solve the problem,” he said, stressing that without a clearly presented solution from the authorities, protests were likely to continue.
NGO Urges Closer Look at the Detention of Mother Nature Activists

NGO Urges Closer Look at the Detention of Mother Nature Activists

Khmer Times, 2016-01-20
Chhay Chhunly, CCHR’s Protecting Fundamental Freedoms Project coordinator, said that the firm’s security guards clearly used their power and influence illegally in detaining and questioning the people, but local authorities ignored the event and “did not dare step in.”
Six homes razed in Boeung Trabek

Six homes razed in Boeung Trabek

PPP, 2016-01-20
At least six homes built on the southern Boeung Trabek reservoir were destroyed yesterday by Chamkarmorn district forces without written notice for residents, according to Vann Sophath of the Land Reform Project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).
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