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CCHR and CCPR Centre file submission to the UN Human Rights Committee in response to shrinking civil society space

Press Release
Released on 2016-06-14
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), in association with the Centre for Civil and Political Rights (“CCPR Centre”), has recently made a follow-up submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (“HR Committee”), which monitors the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), in response to shrinking democratic space amid the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”)’s ongoing crackdown against human rights defenders in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”). The follow-up submission is available on CCHR’s website here.​

On the occasion of IDAHOT 2016, civil society and businesses call for full equality for Cambodia’s vibrant LGBT population

Press Release
Released on 2016-05-17
On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (“IDAHOT”) 2016, we, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”) and businesses, join together with others around the world to take part in Pride 2016, which celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) members of our societies. In Cambodia, civil society and the government have made great strides toward the advancement of LGBT rights and inclusion in recent times. However, there are still significant steps that need to be taken to ensure equality for all. The theme of this year’s IDAHOT is ‘mental health and wellbeing’, drawing attention to the harmful effects that discrimination and stigma have on LGBT people.
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Civil Society Condemns Escalating Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders

Press Release
Released on 2016-05-10
May 10, 2016 - Yesterday’s detention of eight human rights workers and activists was an egregious violation of the right to freedom of expression in Cambodia, civil society groups said today. The detentions, which followed the pre-trial detention of four other rights workers and an election official last week, highlight an alarming surge in the Cambodian government’s latest campaign of intimidation against civil society.​

CCHR launches social media campaign to commemorate World Press Freedom Day

Press Release
Released on 2016-05-03
Today – 03 May 2016 - on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day (“WPFD”), the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) releases a series of infographics as part of a social media campaign to highlight the situation of press freedom and access to information in Cambodia. The social media campaign can be followed through our Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the infographics can be downloaded from our website.
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

Civil Society Condemns Charging of Human Rights Defenders

Press Release
Released on 2016-05-02
We, the undersigned human rights and other civil society organisations, condemn in the strongest terms the politically-motivated charging of six human rights defenders from a Cambodian human rights group, the country’s National Election Committee (NEC) and the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR).
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

CSOs call upon authorities to immediately cease harassment of human rights defenders

Press Release
Released on 2016-04-28
We, the undersigned civil society organisations, strongly condemn the summonsing and interrogation of civil society members for conducting vital and legitimate activities to protect human rights. This amounts to an outrageous misuse of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) as a political tool to attack and intimidate civil society.
Protecting Fundamental Freedoms

Cambodian civil society organisations to focus on land rights to strengthen local communities’ ability to secure land threatened by commercial exploitation and infrastructure projects.

Press Release
Released on 2016-04-28
Despite some progress with land reform in Cambodia in the last 10 years, insecurity of land tenure remains widespread. Hardly a day goes by without the media reporting on land disputes and loss of livelihoods as people are forcibly displaced to make way for logging, industrial-scale farming, resource extraction and infrastructure projects. “This is one of Cambodia’s most persistent human rights and development challenges,” said Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), adding that “land tenure security is the key to lifting millions out of poverty and food insecurity.”
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