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CCHR expresses concerns over Court orders issued against union leader Ath Thorn
Press Release
Released on 2014-04-24
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses grave concerns over the severe measures taken by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday 22 April 2014 to restrict the union rights of Mr. Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (“CCAWDU”). Originally charged in March 2014, the Court on Tuesday ordered Mr. Ath Thorn to stay away from the SL Garment Factory in Phnom Penh and its workers, and to avoid public gatherings that could “damage the public order” or face pre-trial detention
Business and Human Rights
CCHR Calls on the National Assembly to Postpone the Adoption of the Three Laws Related to the Judiciary
Press Release
Released on 2014-04-20
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) condemns the approval on 18 April 2014 by the Council of Ministers of the Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Courts, the Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, and the Law on the Statute of Judges and Prosecutors without prior publication and open and broad consultations
Trial Monitoring
CCHR Open Letter to H.E. Sar Kheng, Minister of Interior
Letter
Released on 2014-04-11
Open Letter calling on His Excellency Sar Kheng Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior, to take all measure necessary to ensure that the 21 accused attend their hearing at the Phnom Penh Court of First Instance.
Trial Monitoring
CCHR calls on the National Assembly to withhold passing any new laws until the political deadlock is resolved
Press Release
Released on 2014-04-01
As the second session of the fifth mandate of the Cambodian National Assembly (“NA”) opens today – 1 April 2014 – the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) calls on the NA to withhold passing any new legislation until the ongoing political deadlock is resolved and until Members of Parliaments (“MPs”) of both political parties elected during the July 2013 NA elections have taken their seats in the NA. CCHR is concerned that with only Cambodian People’s Party (“CPP”) MPs sitting in the NA, draft laws will not be sufficiently scrutinized and will not represent the will of the people.
CCHR launches “Where is My Justice?” campaign
Press Release
Released on 2014-03-24
On the occasion of the international Right to Truth Day – 24 March 2014 – the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) launches its new “Where is My Justice?” campaign and calls on all partners and supporters to join CCHR in demanding truth and justice for victims of violence by security forces in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”).
Public Letter Urging an Immediate Investigation into the Disappearance of​ Khem Sophath
Letter
Released on 2014-03-23
March 23, 2014 - We, the undersigned civil society groups, express our deep concern over the disappearance of Khem Sophath, a 16-year-old boy missing since the violent crackdown by Cambodian security forces against striking garment workers on 3 January 2014 near the Canadia Industrial area on Veng Sreng road, Phnom Penh. We call on the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to take all appropriate measures to immediately, thoroughly and impartially investigate Khem Sophath’s disappearance and inform his family of his fate or whereabouts.
CCHR to hold a Press Conference on 24 March to launch new “Where is My Justice?” campaign
Press Release
Released on 2014-03-20
On the occasion of the international “Right to Truth Day,” the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) will hold a Press Conference on 24 March 2014 to launch CCHR’s new campaign titled “Where is My Justice?”.\r\n\r\nImmediately following the contested National Assembly Elections of the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”), which took place on 28 July 2013, Cambodian people were able to exercise their right to freedom of assembly in an unprecedented manner. However, on 15 September 2013, security forces resorted to their old tactics and have since repeatedly and disproportionately used excessive force to crack down on protesters. The post-election violence has already led to the death of six persons, the disappearance of at least one individual and to dozens of injured. However, while peaceful protesters have been arrested and are currently facing charges, an independent investigation into the excessive use of force by Cambodian security forces has yet to take place.
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