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Arrest Warrant for Tycoon Filmed Beating Woman Yet to be Issued

Arrest Warrant for Tycoon Filmed Beating Woman Yet to be Issued

Khmer Times, 2015-07-13
Wealthy abusers in Cambodia often try to purchase the victim’s silence, said Bunthoeun Soun, coordinator of the Judicial Reform Project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “The wealthy can have impunity in Cambodia,” the rights worker said. “Some people have power, and it’s hard to bring them to jail or to convict them of the crime...when someone attacks another person, there should be punishment. We have to have the rule of law.”
NGO alert: Cambodia legislation gives government new powers to monitor, fine or disband

NGO alert: Cambodia legislation gives government new powers to monitor, fine or disband

The Guardian, 2015-07-13
According to the Cambodian Center for Human Rights: “It is deeply deplorable that the government of Cambodia has decided to pursue a rushed adoption process of a deeply undemocratic law and has ignored the local and global call for a participatory drafting process. Cambodian and international civil society organisations, the UN Special Rappourter on Freedom of Assembly and Association, the UN Human Rights Committee, several diplomatic representatives and most recently the EU parliament have repeatedly requested the government to ensure transparency and engage in meaningful consultations. Those lacking, CCHR calls for the immediate withdraw of the law and for its rejection by the National Assembly.”
Cambodian parliament passes controversial NGO law

Cambodian parliament passes controversial NGO law

The Straits Times, 2015-07-13
"Today is a very sad day for civil society in Cambodia," Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told AFP. She said there had been "a stubborn refusal of this government to listen to Cambodian people and to the international community".
Tycoon sought in brutal attack

Tycoon sought in brutal attack

PPP, 2015-07-10
Yet even if Bun is arrested, according to Bunthoeun Soun, a coordinator of the Judicial Reform Project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the culture of impunity surrounding elites in Cambodia means he is highly unlikely to be imprisoned. “When [it is] a rich guy or someone who has power in the country, normally they are not arrested and sent to jail,” he said. “If the government is committed to arresting someone, they can do it, even if they’re out of the country. If they are not committed to arresting them, they won’t do it.”
Koh Kong Land Dispute Nears End with Economic Zone

Koh Kong Land Dispute Nears End with Economic Zone

Khmer Time, 2015-07-09
Vann Sophat, land reform project coordinator for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), said land disputes were rampant in Koh Kong, adding that the province accounted for 10 of the 223 cases listed from 2007 to 2013.
Cambodia: Gov't holds forum on controversial law

Cambodia: Gov't holds forum on controversial law

Video News, 2015-07-08
In a statement issued before the forum, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights warned that “a single ‘informative workshop’ of few hours cannot ensure any considerate reflection and would simply pay lip service to the commitment expressed by some representatives of the government to engage in meaningful consultations.”
NGOs Firm Against Draft Law Before Meeting With Lawmakers

NGOs Firm Against Draft Law Before Meeting With Lawmakers

Cambodia Daily, 2015-07-08
“The government is only doing it to make itself look good,” Chak Sopheap, who heads the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said of the consultation. Ms. Sopheap said she would nonetheless attend. Other groups said they would not, or that they were not even invited and turned away when they tried to register.
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