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Joint Statement Regarding the Oddar Meanchey Authorities' Continued Illegal Conduct Towards Equitable Cambodia's Staff
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-15
We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the actions of the Oddar Meanchey authorities who have, since September 2014, been engaged in the obstruction, harassment, intimidation, and assault of rights workers (see Annex 1: Timeline of Events). Most recently, a four-person team from Equitable Cambodia (“EC”) was in the province to conduct field research on the impacts of forced evictions resulting from economic land concessions granted for the development of sugarcane plantations. The plantations are owned by the Mitr Phol Group,1 one of Coca-Cola’s top three global suppliers.2 Research data collected will be provided to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (“NHRCT”), which is investigating Mitr Phol’s operations in Cambodia.
The Stance of Civil Society in Joining the Observation of the Process of Housing Resolution at​ Borie Kiela Community
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-14
We are the civil society organizations comprising of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Samakum Teang Tnaut (STT), Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF) and the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) who make the following joint statement to address the issues associated with resolving the remaining housing problems faced by the Borie Kiela community.rn
Land Reform
Joint Statement​ on National Assembly President’s Circular Not Following the Framework of Law and Principles of Effectiveness, Transparency, and Democracy
Press Release
Released on 2014-10-02
Cambodian Civil Society Organizations have found that the Circular on the National Assembly (NA)’s commission working method, issued on 12 September 2014 by the President of National Assembly, does not adhere to the principles of democracy, transparency, effectiveness, the constitution and internal regulations of the National Assembly in regard to the four key points.
On the International Day of Democracy, CCHR Calls on the RGC to Put an End to Impunity
Press Release
Released on 2014-09-15
On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy – 15 September 2014 – the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to commit to taking concrete action against the widespread impunity that continues to plague the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”).
Joint Statement Regarding the Illegal Detention of Equitable Cambodia Staff
Press Release
Released on 2014-09-11
On Tuesday, 9 Sept. 2014, Cambodian authorities detained two employees of Equitable Cambodia (EC) without just cause. Ms. Meg Fukuzawa, a research consultant who has dual citizenship in the United States and Japan, and Mr. Lida Sok, a Cambodian research officer, had been in Oddar Meanchey province since last Monday to conduct field research on the human rights impacts of forced evictions resulting from the development of industrial sugarcane plantations. The plantations are owned by the Mitr Phol Group, one of Coca-Cola’s top three global suppliers. Ms. Fukuzawa and Mr. Sok were working to collect research data to provide to the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand, which is investigating Mitr Phol’s activities in Cambodia.
Business and Human Rights
Rights Groups Call for an End to Enforced Disappearances in ASEAN
Press Release
Released on 2014-08-30
Today, on the occasion of International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, we, the undersigned organizations, urge ASEAN member states to end acts of enforced disappearances in Southeast Asia. Cases of enforced disappearances continue to occur in the region. Victims include human rights defenders as well as ordinary citizens. Enforced disappearances also continue to target vulnerable groups, such as children. Three new cases of enforced disappearance that took place over the past year clearly illustrate this worrying pattern.
CCHR Open Letter Regarding Addressing Land Disputes in the Kingdom of Cambodia
Released on 2014-08-21
I write to you regarding the speech you delivered on 18 August 2014 at the opening of the workshop on the national strategy for food security and nutrition 2014-2018. I welcome your commitment to find solutions to land disputes in the country. Land conflicts have been plaguing Cambodia for many years, affecting an important part of the Cambodian population. One can only agree that concrete solutions that address the root causes of the land conflict situation must be identified and implemented as soon as possible.
Land Reform
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