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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
Letter
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
Open Letter Regarding the Implementation of the Law on Peaceful Demonstration
Letter
Released on 2014-08-18
The letter calls on His Excellency Sar Kheng to remind all relevant ministries and local authorities that no “permission” is required under Cambodian law to hold peaceful assemblies.
Proposed Amendments on Internal Regulations of the National Assembly (NA) Of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Press Release
Released on 2014-08-04
Cambodian Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) and independent experts believe that the July 22 political leader’s agreement between the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) provides a framework for basic principles to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of the parliamentary process in accordance with the principles of a liberal multi-party democracy in Cambodia.
Civil Society Groups Condemn Baseless Charges and Call for an End to Violence and Repression
Press Release
Released on 2014-07-17
July 17, 2014 - We the undersigned civil society groups condemn the unfounded charges against seven Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) MPs-elect and one CNRP grassroots leader. We call for their immediate and unconditional release and for all charges to be dropped.
CCHR calls for the immediate and unconditional release of opposition leaders and for an end to violence
Press Release
Released on 2014-07-16
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (“CNRP”) leaders currently detained in pre-trial detention and for an end to violence. Today, nine leaders of the CNRP were charged with Article 459 (Leading insurrectional movement), Article 495 (Incitement to commit a felony), and Articles 28 and 218 (Instigation to commit acts of violence) of the Cambodian Criminal Code. The charges were brought against Mu Sochua, Ho Vann, Men Sothavrin, Keo Phirum, Real Khemrin, Oeu Narith, Khin Roeun, Nut Rumduol, and Long Ry. The first six of them have already been arrested and are currently in pre-trial detention. Additional charges have also been filed against two “unidentified” individuals. The speed with which charges were brought and the fact that all the people arrested are high-ranking CNRP leaders who were not directly responsible for acts of violence only reinforces CCHR’s belief that the charges brought against the CNRP leaders are politically-motivated.
Human Rights Defenders
CCHR and OHCHR to Host Post-UPR National Consultation and Advocacy Workshop
Press Release
Released on 2014-07-16
On 17 – 18 July 2014, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) will jointly host a National Consultation on Cambodia’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and Advocacy Workshop (the National Consultation), which aims to raise awareness of the UPR process within Cambodian civil society and among other stakeholders. Moreover, the National Consultation aims to ensure systematic advocacy for implementation of the UPR recommendations over the coming years. The means of monitoring Government implementation of these recommendations will also be discussed.
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