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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.
Cambodia’s Hun Sen Defends Deportation of Spanish Activist
Cambodia’s Hun Sen Defends Deportation of Spanish Activist
RFA, 2015-02-24
Also on Tuesday, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) released a statement calling on the government to ensure the protection of the country’s rights campaigners and environmental activists, in light of Gonzalez-Davidson’s deportation. “The Royal Government of Cambodia must ensure that human rights and environmental activists are able to carry out their work free from threats, acts of intimidation or attacks, and that the arrest of Gonzalez-Davidson is not used as a pretext to pressure local communities in the Areng Valley over the construction of the Chhay Areng dam,” the group said.
ACU set to call ousted judge
ACU set to call ousted judge
PPP, 2015-02-24
On Sunday, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights expressed concern that the Supreme Council of Magistracy’s decisions had been the result of executive interference. A day later, Hun Sen warned NGOs not to overstep their role. “Do not be too proud about yourself as NGOs, so that you step on the head of the executive,” he said.
Youth Driving Change in Cambodian Gender Norms
Youth Driving Change in Cambodian Gender Norms
VOA, 2015-02-19
Sopheap Chak, Cambodia Center for Human Rights director, agrees with the USAID report that Cambodian social structures have placed women at a disadvantage. But she says support from her family was a big motivation for her to become a leader.
Cambodia needs to prioritise access to information law
Cambodia needs to prioritise access to information law
Chak Sopheap, 2015-02-18
Over the past few weeks, the government has repeatedly asserted its intention to introduce a state secrets law in Cambodia. In a country that has not yet adopted a solid access to information law and has showed no hesitancy in restricting freedom of expression, such declarations are a cause for serious concern. In fact, the public right of access to information is not only the other side to freedom of expression, it is the backbone of democracy.
 NGOs Come to Defense of Koh Kong Dam Critic
NGOs Come to Defense of Koh Kong Dam Critic
The Cambodia Daily, 2015-02-18
Thirty-one local NGOs and unions on Tuesday condemned the government’s decision to not renew the visa of outspoken environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson and urged the authorities to reverse course.
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