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Groups insist on equal rights
PPP, 2013-12-11
In interviews with the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer) individuals allege being targeted and exploited by police, subject to verbal harassment, beatings and gang rape. Reliable statistics and documentation of police discrimination or gender-based brutality are scarce, especially since, fearing further abuse and stigma, LGBTQ individuals rarely report the instances. “We know it’s happening, but we do not have exact data,” said Nuon Sidara, director of CCHR’s sexual orientation and gender-identity program.
Ambassador Todd’s Statement on Human Rights Day 2013
Cambodia US Embassy, 2013-12-10
There is no higher priority for the United States in Cambodia than promoting respect for human rights and democratic principles. One of my first actions when I assumed my duties as the U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia was to form an NGO Advisory Council with representatives from ADHOC, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, LICADHO, the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, the NGO Forum on Cambodia, the Cambodia Labor Confederation, the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, SILAKA, Oxfam, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and Human Rights Watch.
Cambodians Join in International Mourning for Nelson Mandela
VOA, 2013-12-07
“Although he is gone, his heroism will remain as a legacy for mankind,” said Chak Sopheap, a program director at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “I didn’t know about his death, as I didn’t follow the news last night,” said a Phnom Penh vendor, Chin Rin, 39. “But I have heard his name for a long time as a global leader demanding human rights and democracy. I share my condolences for the loss of a global figure like him.”
‘Political Inheritance’ a Brewing Problem, Rights Activist Says
VOA, 2013-12-06
WASHINGTON DC - Cambodia needs to build new leaders to take over the country in the next generation, a leading rights activist says. But Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told “Hello VOA” on Monday that the ruling party is already preparing to hand over power to the progeny of its members.
Underage defendants routinely jailed: report
PPP, 2013-12-05
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights’ sixth semiannual report of trial rights, which cited 354 criminal cases in Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey and Ratanakkiri courts in the first half of 2012, found that the majority of defendants under the age of 18 were placed in custody before their trial. “We have a major concern regarding the implementation of the law with juvenile cases,” Duch Piseth, a CCHR project auditor, told the Post yesterday. “We don’t see any protective measures judges take to protect juveniles on trial.”
Rule hanging over NA
PPP, 2013-12-05
Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that although he didn’t buy the argument that the CNRP lawmakers weren’t yet “MPs”, the rule’s invocation would have little effect. “I think in this case it’s pretty clear that the party still has the power . . . the party’s leadership can [later] replace any junior MP with a senior MP whenever they want. [Internal party conflict] is never going to be a problem.”
Cambodians Regularly Face Pre-Trial Detention: Rights Groups
RFA, 2013-12-04
Minor crime suspects are also provided a “worryingly low” level of legal representation and judges routinely fail to offer defendants a full explanation of their rights, said the report by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), which analyzed data collected from 354 trials in the first half of 2012. The trials involved a total of 719 individuals and were drawn from proceedings at the court of first instance of Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey and Ratanakiri provinces, it said.
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