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Indigenous rights ‘denied’
Indigenous rights ‘denied’
PPP, 2015-03-27
Cambodian Center for Human Rights land reform project coordinator Vann Sophath lamented the difficulty that indigenous peoples face in registering their land with the government due to a lack of documentation. “The legal process is very long and very complicated,” he said, adding that indigenous peoples often “don’t understand the process well, so it’s very hard for them”.
Cambodia OKs controversial election laws
Cambodia OKs controversial election laws
Agence France-Presse, 2015-03-19
"The process by which these laws were passed raises serious questions about the intent behind them," Sopheap Chak, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told Agence France-Presse. "These laws undermine fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the constitution," she said, adding that the legislation received little public debate before it was passed and was "likely to restrict public engagement in the political process."
Michelle Obama to push girls' education
Michelle Obama to push girls' education
PPP, 2015-03-18
CCHR's Executive Director, Chak Sopheap, said yesterday that it was “encouraging to hear” that Obama would not be avoiding human rights and political issues during her visit. “It is very important that the US emphasises the centrality of fundamental freedoms and democratic principles in its efforts to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries,” she said.
NGOs Slam Cambodian Political Parties Over Workshop on Electoral Reform Draft Law
NGOs Slam Cambodian Political Parties Over Workshop on Electoral Reform Draft Law
RFA, 2015-03-09
Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), also boycotted the meeting and echoed concerns that the political parties did not give NGOs enough time to study the draft law.
Civil Society Groups Call for Release of Boeung Kak Activists in Cambodia
Civil Society Groups Call for Release of Boeung Kak Activists in Cambodia
RFA, 2015-03-06
The 30 groups, which include the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Adhoc, and the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), on Friday called for the release of the dozen activists—11 of whom are women—in the run-up to International Women’s Day on March 8.
CCHR Campaigns to Release Land Activists
CCHR Campaigns to Release Land Activists
Khmer Times, 2015-03-06
xecutive director of CCHR Chak Sopheap said that they will distribute postcards to community members, NGOs, and stakeholders to write their messages. She added that this campaign calls for the release of all land activists, and said, “They are not alone, we all think about you and all of you are protected.”
Chak Sopheap, 29, Executive Director, Cambodian Center for Human Rights
Chak Sopheap, 29, Executive Director, Cambodian Center for Human Rights
Banyan Blog, 2015-02-25
Chak Sopheap, at just 29 years old, is the youngest Executive Director for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), one of the most active human rights organizations in Cambodia. Born in Kampong Cham province, her parents moved the family to Phnom Penh to give their children better economic opportunities. As a child, she once dreamed of being a doctor, to serve the poor, but now her dream is to help create a freer, more open and just Cambodia.
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