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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. រចន សម ព ន ធ គ ហទ ព រ.. ទ ព រ ដ ម.. អ ព មជ ឈមណ ឌល.. ក រ ង រ របស យ ង.. ក រផ សព វផ ស យ ព ត ម ន.. ច ល រ ម ជ ម យ យ ង.. ធ វ ក រ ជ ម យ យ ង.. ទ ន ក ទ នង.. ប រព ន ធ ព ត ម ន សង គម.. រ បភ ព ក ន ង Flickr.. វ ដ អ.. ស ត ប ក រផ ស យផ ទ ល ត មវ ទ យ.. សម ល ង.. ច ប ប.. ស ចក ត ថ ល ងក រណ ជ ស ឡ ងរបស ម.. ស.. ម.. ក.. កម មវ ធ វ ទ យ ស ទ ធ មន ស ស.. ក ច ចព ភ ក ស ត ម ល.. វ ភ គប រច សប ត ហ.. យ ទ ធន ក រ.. យ ទ ធន ក រ ដ ម ប ស រ ភ ព ខ ង ក រ បញ ច ញ មត.. ម លន ធ យ ត ត ធម ២២/១១.. ច ឈ ម ទទ ល ព ត ម ន ថ ម ៗ ព ម.. ក.. ស ឡ ង.. ក រអន វត តស ទ ធ ទទ លប ន ក រជ ន ជម រ ដ យយ ត ត ធម របស ត ល ក រច ន ន៣.. ទ ញ ស ឡ ង ទ ក.. ក លព ថ ង ទ ៨ ខ មករ  ...   ង ទ ៤ ខ ធ ន ឆ ន ២០១៣។ ម ន ក រល កឡ ង ព ច ណ ចល អ របស ត ល ក រដ ចជ ស ទ ធ ទទ ល ប ន ក រ ជ ន ជម រ ជ ស ធ រណ ស ទ ធ ទទ ល ប ន ក រ សន មត ទ ក ជ ម ន ថ គ ម ន ទ ស ស ទ ធ បង ហ ញ ភស ត ត ង ន ង ស ទ ធ ម ន ព ល វ ល ន ង មធ យ ប យ គ រប គ រ ន ក ន ង ក រ រ ប ច ក រព រ ក ត ។ ទ ជ យ ង ន ក ត ន ម ន ច ណ ច អវ ជ ជម ន ន ង គ រ ឲ យ ព រ យ ប រម ភម យ ច ន ន ផងដ រ ដ ចជ ក រ ឃ ខ ល ន បណ ត អ សន ន ក រ ខក ខ ន របស ច ក រម ក ន ង ក រ ប រ ប ន ង ពន យល អ ព ស ទ ធ ស ខ ន ៗ របស ជន ជ ប ច ទ កម រ ត ទ ប ន ម ធ វ ក រព រ ន ង ក រ អន វត ត ន ច ប ប ព ក ព ន ធ ន ង ជន ជ ប ច ទ ជ អន ត ជន ជ ដ ម។.. Total : 1..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: ព ត ម ន ថ ម ៗព មជ ឈមណ ឌល ស ទ ធ មន ស ស កម ព ជ.. ព ត ម ន ជ សម ល ងព មជ ឈមណ ឌល ស ទ ធ មន ស ស កម ព ជ.. ស ចក ត ថ ល ងក រណ វ ច រណកថ ន ង ល ខ ត.. ស ចក ត ថ ល ងក រណ.. វ ច រណកថ.. ល ខ ត.. រប យក រណ ន ង ក រប ព ម ភ ផ ស យ.. ព រ ត ត បត រ ព ត ម ន ន ងស រ.. ព រ ត ត បត រ ព ត ម ន.. ស រ..  ...   រ ស ត ព ស រ ភ ព ម លដ ឋ ន.. កម រង ឯកស រ ស ត ព ក រ ព ន ត យម ល ល ស ថ ប ន.. កម រង ឯកស រ ស ត ព ក រ ព ន ត យ ម ល ល ច ប ប.. ក ណត ត រ សង ខ ប ន ង វ ភ គផ ន ក ច ប ប.. ក ណត ត រ សង ខ ប.. វ ភ គផ ន ក ច ប ប.. ស ចក ត ប រក សព ត ម នបន ទ ន.. ច ញផ ស យថ ង.. 2014-01-06.. ក រពណ ន សង ខ ប..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Welcome Message.. Who We Are.. History.. Governance.. Donors & Partners.. Affiliations & Cooperation.. The CCHR Team.. Board of Directors.. Management Committee.. Staff.. Consultants.. Councilors.. Professional Volunteers.. Testimonials.. Awards & Nominations.. Finance.. Hello and welcome,.. Thank you for visiting the website of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. (CCHR).. Your interest in,.. and support of, CCHR is greatly appreciated and essential to our ongoing efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia.. We have been working hard to develop and maintain our website as a user-friendly and informative resource for CCHR supporters, partners and all individuals and organizations interested in the situation of human rights in Cambodia.. CCHR believes that the internet is an invaluable tool for linking individuals and organizations, and for sharing information in the promotion of a better society that values the dignity and cherishes the diversity of all the members of the human family.. CCHR has embraced new media and is using.. Facebook.. Twitter.. Flickr.. and.. YouTube.. together with other social media to promote our activities and to draw attention to local, and global, human rights issues.. You can view our.. pages as they are updated live from this website.. I encourage  ...   stay up to date with our activities.. CCHR promotes a collaborative approach to human rights.. This site contains information about our various projects that seek to empower different actors – ordinary people, grassroots activists, community based organizations, and so on – to promote human rights from the ground up.. Information is also provided on the networks that CCHR is a member of, and provides links to our partners, Cambodian and international, and our donors, in addition to other organizations working to promote human rights in Cambodia.. We look forward to continuing to work with Cambodian communities, groups and individuals as well as the Cambodian government to improve respect for human rights and strengthen democracy in the coming years.. If you have any questions about CCHR please do not hesitate to contact us.. Please register to receive an update when new reports, press release and project information is posted in order to stay up to date with CCHR.. You can also follow CCHR activities on.. We hope you will find the CCHR website a useful resource and continue to visit us in the future.. Welcome and thank you for visiting the website,.. Ou Virak.. President, Cambodian Center for Human Rights..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Human Rights Situation in Cambodia.. Approaches.. CCHR Project Description.. Current Projects.. Human Rights Defenders Project.. Human Rights Portal – Sithi Project.. Land Reform Project.. Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Project.. Trial Monitoring Project.. Past Projects.. Business and Human Rights Project.. Community Trainings and Hearings Project.. Human Rights Network Project.. Public Forums Project.. Campaigns.. Campaign for Freedom of Expression.. 22/11 Justice Fund.. World Press Freedom Day.. Free Yorm Bopha.. Human Rights in Cambodia:.. The.. Situation in.. 201.. 2.. Article 1 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia (the “Constitution”) commits Cambodia to the principles of pluralism and liberal democracy while Article 31 provides that Cambodia will “recognize and respect human rights as stipulated in the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Covenants and Conventions related to human rights, women’s and children’s rights”.. The following is a brief overview of the current situation of human rights and the state of democracy in Cambodia.. Freedom of Expression.. Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of democracy and is absolutely necessary for good governance and political participation.. Nevertheless, the situation of freedom of expression in Cambodia is dire.. Restrictive legislation, media censorship and judicial harassment of those who speak out, lead to a culture of silence.. “Traditional media”, namely print media, radio and television, is the most established form of media, yet in Cambodia this is also the form of media that is subject to the most stringent levels of control and censorship.. The Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) heavily influences most media channels.. Freedom House assessed press freedom in Cambodia as “not free” in its 2011 survey, while Reporters Without Borders ranks Cambodia 117 out of 179 countries on its most recent Press Freedom Index.. All television stations, most radio stations, and the foremost Cambodian newspapers are either owned or controlled by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (the “CPP”) or individuals aligned with the ruling party, thereby ensuring the RGC’s control over the dissemination of information.. Thirty newspapers are published on a regular basis in Cambodia, and it has been mostly newspaper journalists who have been the subject of government actions to impose censorship.. However, low literacy rates, and the fact that 85% of Cambodians live in rural areas and have no opportunity to buy newspapers, which are predominantly circulated in the urban centers, limit the reach and penetration of this form of print media.. Radio is therefore very important in Cambodia as it has a broader reach.. There are 74 radio stations officially registered in Cambodia; most are CPP-influenced.. There are three independent radio stations in the country, and one of them, Beehive has faced repeated restrictions, and has been shut down on various occasions.. Mam Sonando, the owner, has been arrested three times, most recently on charges of secession and incitement to take up arms, related to a land dispute in Kratie.. He was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison on 1 October 2012.. Cambodia has one of the lowest internet connectivity rates in South-East Asia.. Nevertheless internet use has been increasing in recent years and there has been a surge in the use of social media sites and platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.. Independent news stations are disseminating information online and bloggers are spreading opinions and ideas, many of which are critical of the RGC.. The relative absence of restrictions of online content in Cambodia has been such that well-known Cambodian blogger and CCHR Program Director, Chak Sopheap, has described the internet as Cambodia’s “new digital democracy”.. Likely due to low penetration, the internet remains the least restricted form of media in Cambodia, however there have been efforts by the RGC to curb access to sites where “sensitive” information is published.. In early February 2011, Cambodia experienced a wave of outages, affecting KI-Media, Khmerization, and the blog of Cambodian political cartoonist Sacrava, as well as five other websites.. An unnamed employee of one ISP affected told the newspaper that the ministry had ordered the company to block KI-Media because it “impacts the government”.. Despite moves internationally to protect and promote internet freedoms, especially freedom of expression online, the RGC recently announced that it is drafting its first ever cyber law to regulate and to limit the use of the internet.. One of the reasons for the adoption of such a cyber law is to prevent “ill-willed people… from spreading false information”.. The law is in the early stages of drafting and has not yet been made available to the public, but fears abound that such a law could be extremely damaging to freedom of expression online in Cambodia.. Freedom of Association.. The controversial draft Law on Associations and NGOs (the “LANGO”) caused an outcry among Cambodian NGOs and other civil society organizations (“CSOs”), international NGOs and donors during 2011, when four drafts were produced, none of which took the majority of civil society recommendations into consideration.. The LANGO threatened to severely restrict the freedom of expression of CSOs.. The main criticisms of the fourth and most recent draft of the LANGO were the complex and onerous registration criteria and the control that the LANGO would grant the RGC over organizations through the ability to dissolve them for certain violations.. The LANGO has currently been shelved, however the RGC has shown that a law is not necessary to silence NGOs and to wield control over their employees.. One example is the case of Chan Soveth, senior investigator at the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (“ADHOC”), who was summonsed for questioning by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on 24 August 2012, relating to the humanitarian aid that he administered to a land rights activist who came to the ADHOC office in Phnom Penh.. ADHOC succeeded in pushing back the questioning for several months but Chan Soveth received a second summons on 11 December 2012, calling him for questioning on 24 December.. This kind of judicial harassment serves to intimidate NGO workers in an attempt to obstruct their work.. Ou Virak, President of CCHR was summonsed to the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court and appeared for questioning on 8 December 2012 relating to potential charges of incitement to commit a crime.. The questioning was linked to a complaint, made by a local CPP commune chief, concerning a demonstration in 2009, held by villagers embroiled in a land dispute with private company D.. M.. Group.. The demonstration turned violent.. Also summonsed were Pen Bonnar and Chhay Thy, provincial staff of ADHOC and journalist Ratha Visal.. Although charges against all four were dropped in December 2012, this is a regular tactic by the RGC – utilizing the corrupt judiciary in order to intimidate human rights workers.. Similarly, the Law on Trade Unions imposes onerous registration processes and reporting obligations on groups of employees.. Although the law has yet to be passed, some unions have nevertheless faced difficulties registering and peaceful demonstrations calling for fairer working conditions have been harshly cracked down, as noted above.. Freedom of Assembly.. Overall the Law on Peaceful Assembly, a reformed version of which was adopted in 2009, is not restrictive if applied correctly.. However, there are some concerns about the application of the law and the specificity of some of its provisions, which can curtail the right to freedom of expression through assembly.. In addition, the authorities, especially outside of Phnom Penh, are not necessarily aware of the law and therefore employ outdated provisions to restrict NGO meetings and peaceful community demonstrations.. In 2012, peaceful demonstrations regularly turned violent with disproportionate force used by the authorities.. On 11 July 2012, Rong Panha, an employee of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was beaten and arrested by the authorities, while he was peacefully protesting with the employees of the Tai Nan factory.. In February 2012, during a protest at a factory in Svay Rieng province, the local governor, Chhouk Bandith, opened fire on demonstrators, shooting three female factory workers, and on 16 May 2012, a fourteen-year-old girl, Heng Chantha was shot dead in Kratie province when police opened fire on villagers during a crackdown on a land rights demonstrations.. In December 2012, all charges against Chhouk Bandith were dropped by the Svay Rieng Provincial Court.. On 31 December 2012, the Cambodia Daily reported that the Prosecutor General of the Court of Appeal was appealing the Svay Rieng Provincial Court’s decision to drop the charges.. Meanwhile, no charges have been filed in the case of Heng Chantha’s murder, demonstrating the weaknesses of the Cambodian judicial system and the culture of impunity that persists in Cambodia.. Land Rights.. Violations of land rights are perhaps the most widespread and prevalent forms of human rights abuses in Cambodia today.. In recent years, the global increase in land prices and the financially lucrative nature of Economic Land Concessions (“ELCs”) has led to a rapid increase in the number of forced evictions.. Some of the main problems identified by Surya Subedi, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, include the failure of the RGC to implement the existing legal framework when granting ELCs and a general lack of transparency and openness in land issues.. The degree of violence that has been used by authorities while carrying out forced evictions has been alarming and in one case, resulted in the death of a 14 year old girl when authorities opened fire in an attempt to disperse a group of villagers during the forced eviction of around 1000 villagers in Kratie Province in May 2012.. Other examples of the use of violence and excessive force on the part of the Cambodian authorities include the forced eviction at Borei Keila, in January 2012, where over 300 families were forcibly evicted as their homes were destroyed, resulting in a number of protesters being unlawfully and arbitrarily detained.. These forced evictions continue to facilitate the wide scale transfer of land from poor and marginalized groups to a small political and economic elite with ELCs being granted to large businesses, many with connections to the CPP.. It is estimated that around 400,000 people have been affected by ELCs in Cambodia in the past decade, while more than 140 Cambodians were arrested or detained for protesting against ELCs in 2011 alone.. Despite a current moratorium on ELCs,  ...   himself twice, once in the abdomen and once in the chest.. The final version of events was that Ran Boroth, a security officer, accidentally killed In Rattana while trying to disarm him after he had killed Chut Wutty; Ran Boroth accepted that he accidentally killed In Rattana and was convicted and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.. 18 months of the sentence was suspended and Ran Borath is now free.. Due to the fact that the authorities held In Rattana responsible for Chut Wutty’s death, the murder case against him was dropped in October 2012, since he was the only suspect in the death of Chut Wutty and was also dead.. To date, there has been no meaningful investigation into how Chut Wutty was killed.. Hang Serei Odum, a journalist for Virakchun Khmer Daily newspaper was found dead in the boot of his car on 11 September 2012 in Ratanakiri Province.. He had been bludgeoned to death.. Hand Serei Odum had been reporting on illegal logging and had uncovered cases linked to well-connected members the powerful Cambodian elite.. While a military police officer and his wife – who both maintain their innocence - have been charged with premeditated murder, no date has been set for their trial and many commentators believe the investigation has been inadequate and that more suspects are involved.. Minority Rights.. Geographic isolation in resource rich areas of the country and a failure of the land law framework to adequately provide for collective land ownership have meant that ethnic indigenous minorities in Cambodia are particularly affected and threatened by the extensive sale of Cambodian land to private companies through the form of ELCs.. These communities thus often come under the threat of forced evictions and – similarly to other communities – have little access to reparations or remedies.. In addition, the process of awarding private land titles – rather than communal or collective ones – is causing the erosion of traditional practices and beliefs.. Names of minority groups are also still used frequently as insults, including by senior members of the government and politicians.. In November 2012, CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun called Human Rights Party (“HRP”) President Kem Sokha a “Bunong” – the name of an ethnic minority from northeastern Cambodia – to describe him as “uncivilized” on the floor of the National Assembly.. After pressure from civil society and in particular the Cambodian Indigenous Youth Association, Chheang Vun pledged to apologize during the next meeting of the National Assembly.. The problems are deep-rooted: under Chapter III, the Constitution grants political rights and civil liberties to “Khmer citizens”, denying the same to minority groups in Cambodia.. Due to being displaced in the past and a lack of paperwork, it is difficult for minorities to demonstrate their ancestry.. It has been reported that under the current citizenship law, minorities are unable to successfully demonstrate that they are Cambodian citizens, and so have to resort to paying large bribes.. The end result is that Cambodian domestic law purports to legitimately deny ethnic minorities many of their basic human rights.. Similarly, racist sentiment continues against Vietnamese nationals living in Cambodia.. It has been reported that expressions of Vietnamese identity are sometimes responded to with animosity and that politicians occasionally employ anti-Vietnamese minority slogans.. Moreover, Cambodia, a country with a recent history of benefiting from the international refugee framework itself, continues to ‘repatriate’ members of persecuted minorities fleeing Vietnam – these include Christian Montagnards and ethnic Khmer Krom.. Finally, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) Cambodians continue to suffer from discrimination and abuse, including violence and hate crimes, discrimination in the education sector, the workplace and the health sector, and social and familial exclusion.. While homosexuality is not criminalized in Cambodia, the lack of anti-discrimination and anti-hate crime legislation and of policies and strategies to address discrimination against LGBT people means that those subjected to discrimination and violence have little legal recourse.. State of Democracy in Cambodia.. CPP dominance over government institutions has seriously undermined the provisions in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia and other relevant legislation that safeguard the democratic process and human rights: a politically pliant judiciary is utilized to harass opposition figures; powerful senators are able to ride roughshod over the land rights of communities; and security services serve the interests of the elite at the expense of the urban and rural poor.. The combination of an increasingly repressive environment with a flawed electoral process is resulting in people losing interest in the electoral process: voter turnout during the June 2012 commune council elections was 60%, down from 87% 10 years ago.. The dominance of the CPP in all aspects of politics results in an electoral process that is not independent and rarely transparent.. In addition to the lack of independence and transparency of the electoral process and the control by the CPP of all organs of state, Cambodian politics is characterized by widespread marginalization and alienation of segments of Cambodian society which have so much to offer to the country: women, youth and small businesses.. Cambodian People’s Party.. In the most recent national elections held in July 2008, the CPP won 90 out of 123 seats in the National Assembly (“NA”), its authority strengthened by a constitutional amendment passed in 2006 which lowered the majority required for the NA to grant a vote of confidence to the RGC from 2/3 of its members to an absolute majority, lessening the need to form coalitions and make deals with smaller parties.. During Commune/Sangkat Council elections in June 2012, the CPP took 1,592 out of 1,633 seats, which together with its control of the NA illustrates the monopoly that it holds on political power in the country at both the national and sub-national level.. Commune/Sangkat Councils serve the local affairs for the interests of the communes and act as an agent of government, performing tasks designated or delegated by the RGC.. A cornerstone of the 2004 Rectangular Strategy for Growth, the RGC’s policy of decentralization and de-concentration has cemented the importance of Commune Councils to the development of Cambodia.. These communes are responsible for electing the country’s 13,000 village chiefs, and vote for the country’s provincial and district council members.. The CPP’s control of local administrations ensures control of voter registration resulting in an estimated one million opposition party supporters being disenfranchised – roughly the same number that separated the CPP from the combined opposition vote in the 2008 election.. Political Opposition.. Extensive CPP control over all government institutions and over the electoral process – via a National Electoral Committee (“NEC”) that is far from independent – has significantly impeded the opposition’s ability to become a counterbalance in Cambodian politics.. In 2012, the Sam Rainsy Party (the “SRP”) and the HRP merged to form the Cambodia National Rescue Party (the “CNRP”) in an attempt to consolidate opposition votes and to pose a more formidable and concerted challenge to the CPP in the upcoming national elections.. Similarly, Cambodia’s two royalist parties, the Norodom Ranariddh Party (the “NRP”) and the National United Front for an Independent, Neutral, Peaceful and Cooperative Cambodia Party (“FUNCINPEC”) merged to form the new Nationalist Party.. A number of additional political parties exist: the League for Democracy Party, the Khmer Anti-Poverty Party, the Khmer National Party, the Republic Democratic Party and the Democratic Movement Party.. These parties, however, typically win very few seats, if any.. Political campaigning in Cambodia often revolves around personalities, with political parties traditionally being little more than projections of party leaders.. As a result, during political campaigns, voters are encouraged to vote for individual personalities rather than on substantive policy issues and party platforms.. This is exacerbated by the stifling of the political opposition over the past 20 years, which has resulted in those parties tending to promote radical causes, including strong anti-Vietnamese rhetoric, as a last resort to win votes.. Moreover, while the opposition parties seek to project themselves internationally as the defenders of democracy, the combination of failing leadership, limited organization, and poor funding has contributed to the opposition being mostly a reactive force that criticizes government actions without offering alternative and forward-looking policies.. Furthermore, those in the opposition that are currently in the government are often undermined by the CPP.. The CPP has frequently used its majority in the National Assembly, for instance, to remove the parliamentary immunity of opposition members, paving the way for court action by the country’s politically-pliant judiciary.. This tactic has been used against SRP leader Sam Rainsy and SPR legislators Chan Cheng and Mu Sochua with the obvious intent to silence and undermine the opposition.. Women’s Political Representation.. The RGC has committed itself to promoting gender equality through Target 7 of Goal 3 of the Cambodian Millennium Development Goal (“CMDG 3”), which seeks to “eliminate gender disparities in public institutions” by increasing the proportion of seats held by women in various governmental and administrative bodies.. The targets are to increase female representation in the National Assembly and Senate to a minimum of 30% and in the Commune/Sangkat Councils to a minimum of 25% by 2015.. These commitments have been complemented by various other government policy documents, such as Neary Rattanak I-III, and the National Strategic Development Plan I-II (“NSDP”), both of which provide an extensive outline of the goals, activities, monitoring indicators, conducting agencies and resources for the promotion of gender equality.. Despite these commitments, women remain under-represented in politics, with the level of female representation in some bodies even decreasing in recent elections.. In 2003, female representation on the candidate lists for the National Assembly elections amounted to 27%, yet dropped to 12.. 2% in the 2008 elections, decreasing the overall level of female representation in that body to just 22%.. In the Senate, women’s representation has remained at only 14.. 75% for the past 13 years.. In the recent 2012 Commune/Sangkat Council elections, women were elected to just 17.. 79% of council positions, with only 501 women (representing just 0.. 45% of total candidates) being placed in the first spot on the candidate lists.. These statistics demonstrate the lack of concrete implementation of CMDG commitments and national policies.. You can download the full Human Rights Situation and State of Democracy in Cambodia documents with full references.. here..

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    Descriptive info: CCHR in the News (Audio).. Press Releases.. Media Comments.. Letters.. Newsletters.. Series.. Case Study.. Fundamental Freedom.. Institutions.. Rule of Law.. Briefing Note.. Legal Analysis.. The Cambodia Daily, 2014-01-10.. A coalition of international human rights groups on Wednesday issued a petition to press opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy and senior members of the government to publicly condemn.. What’s Happening in Cambodia ? VOA Speaks with Activist and Analyst Ou Virak.. VOA, 2014-01-10.. In recent weeks the Cambodia government has cracked down on striking garment workers demanding a doubling of the minimum wage, as well as political opposition groups who accuse the ruling party of rigging the last election.. Ou Virak and CCHR staff.. OMCT, 2014-01-08.. The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cambodia.. Chainsaws stayed busy in past year.. PPP, 2013-12-26.. The extent of the devastation of Cambodia’s forests was brought into sharp relief as 2013 drew to a close, with a series of detailed maps and satellite data released by NGOs showing the drastic depletion of the Kingdom’s woodland ecosystems And in a report released in August, the Cambodian Center for Human  ...   policy will only ignore the root causes of the labor (sic) dispute and most likely lead to further violent crackdowns,” CCHR’s statement said.. Decision on Wages For Cambodian Garment Workers Triggers Protests.. RFA, 2013-12-24.. "CCHR is concerned that such statements calling for zero-tolerance on illegal strikes will only exacerbate problems within the garment sector," the statement said.. "Regardless of the legality of the strike, a zero-tolerance policy will only ignore the root causes of the labor dispute and most likely lead to further violent crackdowns against workers and union members.. " "By making such statements, GMAC is only adding fuel to the fire," CCHR Coordinator of the Business and Human Rights Project Duch Piseth said.. "Instead we call on GMAC to work together with workers and unions to settle disputes peacefully.. ".. PPP, 2013-12-20.. A vicious backlash on social media has seen angry messages escalate to death threats against human rights activist Ou Virak in reaction to his call for opposition leader Sam Rainsy to stop inciting discrimination against the Vietnamese.. Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, has been attacked on his Facebook page in comments ranging from disappointment to outright vulgar abuse.. Previous.. 1.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 116.. 117.. Next..

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    Descriptive info: Social Media.. Flickr Photos.. Radio Live.. Cambodia Laws.. CCHR Audio Press Releases - Khmer Only.. Human Rights Radio Program.. Round Table Discussion.. Weekly Analysis..

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    Descriptive info: Support Us.. Jobs.. National Internships.. International Internships.. You can promote and protect democracy and human rights in Cambodia by supporting us:.. Engage.. Join us on.. sithi.. org.. ,.. Youtube.. to keep up-to-date with the human rights situation and democratic development in Cambodia, and to contribute to the debate on what needs to be done.. Campaign.. Advocate for a better Cambodia by signing up to our campaigns and lobbying  ...   website for your local contact.. Volunteer.. We are looking to partner with academic institutions and professional bodies on joint research and advocacy initiatives, and offer voluntary placements and internships for individuals who can give us their time.. Give.. We rely on international donors for the majority of our funding, and are eager also to form relationships with socially responsible businesses and individuals.. Email.. info@cchrcambodia.. for information on donating..

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    Descriptive info: Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. CCHR Office #1.. Address :.. #798, St.. 99, Boeng Trabek, Chamkarmon, P.. O.. Box: 1506, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.. Telephone :.. (+855) 23 726 901.. Fax :.. (+855) 23 726 902.. Email :.. Staff Teams :.. Management Committee and Finance and Administration Teams.. Trial Monitoring Project Team.. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Project Team.. Business and Human Rights Project Team.. org Project Team.. Human Rights Library.. Directions to CCHR.. CCHR is in the Boeung Trabek area, in the south west of Phnom Penh - west of Monivong Boulevard and South of Mao Tse Tung Boulevard.. To find CCHR from the Independence Monument, travel west on Sihanouk Boulevard going straight at the first set of traffic lights you meet (at street 63) before turning left at the next set and traveling south on Monivong Boulevard.. Travelling along Monivong Boulevard, go straight at the first three sets of traffic  ...   the first right turn after the Peace Book Center and Phnom Penh Commercial Bank.. After turning right take the second street on your left, this is street 99.. You will pass two crossroads, at which you should travel straight.. CCHR`s main office is the second building on the right hand side of the street after the second crossroads and is recognizable by the Cambodian and CCHR flags that fly outside our blue and yellow gates.. If you get lost looking for CCHR please do not hesitate to call for directions in Khmer or English.. CCHR Office #2.. # 12, Street 466, Boeng Trabek, Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.. Community Training and Hearings Project Team.. Public Forums Project Team.. Human Rights Defenders Project Team.. Human Right Network Project Team.. Directions to CCHR's Office #2.. All visitors should come to Office 1 to register.. They will then be escorted to Office #2.. Download Static Map..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: 22 May 2013.. Heng Sinith.. Mr.. Heng Sinith is a photojournalist for the Associated Press (“AP”) - one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering.. Throughout his career with the AP, Sinith has provided valuable coverage on many notable events including the 24th Southeast Asian Games and the 20th ASEAN Summit.. Before securing a position with the AP, Sinith first began his photography career taking pictures of tourists in front of the Royal Palace.. However, the local newspaper, Khmer Ekareach, quickly recognized Sinith’s skills and hired him as a professional photojournalist in 1993.. As his career progressed, Sinith went on to become a freelance photographer for prestigious international media organizations such as Reuters, Time Magazine, Newsweek, and the New York Times.. Sinith’s message: “I am a photojournalist who has devoted my heart and soul to promote the nation's best interests.. I want to become a Cambodian photographer who is internationally renowned.. I hope in the future, Cambodia will be led by politicians who work together for positive change.. By raising social awareness, journalists can help make this goal a reality.. ”.. 21 May 2013.. Puy Kea.. Puy Kea works in Phnom Penh as a correspondent for Kyodo News - Japan’s most influential news agency.. In addition, Mr.. Kea is also affiliated with many notable organizations including Club of Cambodian Journalist, the Cambodian Journalists’ Council of Ethics and the Center for Asian Strategic Studies.. He holds Master of Art in Political Science from the University of Cambodia and is currently pursuing a Ph.. D.. in International Relations.. Kea began his professional career as President of Reahoo & Associates which provide services such as media consulting, translation and publishing.. As his career progressed, he went on to become a radio commentator for Voice of Khmer American and later helped promoting media and public information development for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).. Throughout his career, he has also served as a guest lecturer for a diverse group of institutions and guest speakers for many television and radio stations in Cambodia and is also an accomplished author.. Kea’s message "The public deserves to hear, see and know what is happening in the local and international community.. A nation without reporters is uncivilized, deaf and blur.. Without professional journalism, people living in the 21st century will face difficulty in receiving accurate information and making decision.. 20 May 2013.. Pen Samitthy.. Pen Samitthy is the newspaper editor of Rasmei Kampuchea Daily, Cambodia’s largest daily newspaper, and the website general director for Cambodia Express News and the Cambodia Herald.. During his free time, he volunteers as president for the Club of Cambodian Journalists and is a lecturer with the Royal University of Phnom Penh’s Department of Media and Communications.. In 1981, Samitthy began working as a journalist for the Cambodian People’s Party municipality newspaper, Phnom Penh.. Although he was still a teenager, Samitthy had many responsibilities and assisted with editing, reporting and newspaper design.. He was eventually appointed to head newspaper editor in 1986.. Following seven additional years of service, Samitthy left the Phnom Penh newspaper to become one of the co-founders of Rasmei Kampuchea Daily.. Samitthy’s message: “The new generation is very lucky because they can choose their own careers and shape their own futures.. When I was young, I did not have these opportunities.. I encourage Cambodia’s youth to take advantage of their good fortune and act responsibly.. The new generation has a lot of potential, but I worry about their lack of discipline.. I hope Cambodia’s youth recognize their opportunities and do what is best for themselves and society.. ”.. 19 May 2013.. Chhay Channyda.. Mrs.. Chhay Channyda is the deputy chief of staff for the Phnom Penh Post.. Channyda is proud to work for an independent newspaper and enjoys being able to openly discuss the pressing social issues facing Cambodian society.. Before working for the Phnom Penh Post, Channyda began her career in 2003 as a reporter for the Cambodian Television Network and went on to become a journalist for the Cambodia Daily.. In 2008, she accepted her current position with the Phnom Penh Post.. As the deputy chief of staff, Channyda publishes stories on a wide range of topics including illegal logging, land disputes, public health, politics and the environment.. The stories are published in both English and Khmer.. Channyda is not afraid to discuss human rights abuses and feels that it is important to provide constructive criticism of government policies.. Channyda’s message: “It is important for journalists to provide accurate, fair and impartial information.. If journalists do not adhere to these standards, the people will not trust them.. Independent media is critical to society.. The public deserves to know the truth.. 18 May 2013.. Chhay Sophal.. Chhay Sophal is the Managing Director of Cambodia News.. He is a strong advocate of independent journalism and leads the organization in its mission to promote “free and professional media & communications, free thinking, access to information, transparency, accountability and rule of law.. Sophal’s professional career began in 1990 when he was selected to be an interpreter for a group of international reporters.. Following his work as an interpreter, Sophal was hired as a journalist for Reuters News Agecy.. He worked with Reuters for over eight years before establishing Cambodia News in 2003.. Cambodia News has so far provided free impartial information on its website, www.. thisiscn.. com, and collaborated with government and civil society to provide media and communications training.. Over the past decade, Sophal believes that journalists have become less restricted and he is confident that the situation will continue to improve.. Sophal’s message: “While the use of the social media is increasing, Cambodian citizens like to spread the news and information at unprecedented rates.. I encourage these citizen journalists to respect the profession’s code of ethics and be conscientious reporters.. By doing so, news in Cambodia will continue to become more objective.. 17 May 2013.. Chey Sambath.. Chey Sambath is a television producer for the Loy9 multimedia campaign.. Loy9 is a popular Cambodian drama and magazine show that combines radio, online and live events.. Loy9 encourages Cambodian youth to be active in domestic affairs and Sambath is a proud contributor to the campaign’s success.. Sambath holds a B.. A.. in Media Management from the Royal University of Phnom Penh.. In 2010, Sambath began working for BBC Media Action – a BBC initiative using media to encourage young people to be more involved in national decision-making.. Sambath believes that Cambodia’s persistent poverty is caused by a lack of accurate information, and BBC Media Action provided him with an opportunity to make a difference.. Sambath started his career with BBC Media Action as a radio producer and was responsible for two interactive radio programs.. The programs dealt with pressing youth issues such as HIV and reproductive health, gangs, drug abuse and unemployment.. He was later promoted to his current position as TV producer for Loy9, which is implemented by BBC Media Action with funding from the United Nations Development Programme and the Swedish government.. Sambath’s message: “True peace only happens once a society is able to live without conflict, hunger, chaos and intimidation.. By implementing freedom of expression, true peace is possible.. By expressing your own thoughts and ideas, social development can become a reality.. 16 May 2013.. Im Rachna.. Im Rachna is a Cambodian journalist working for Radio France International (“RFI”).. Rachna has over five years of journalism experience and has also worked for La Reine Magazine as editor and for Health Time Magazine as an editor-in-chief.. She is passionate about her career and believes that independent journalism is crucial for Cambodian society.. Ever since she was a young girl, Im Rachna knew she wanted to be a journalist and was not discouraged by the lack of females in the field.. During Rachna’s studies, one professor warned that exercising her passion could lead to political exile, jail or even death.. However, Rachna was not fazed and went on to become one of Cambodia’s leading journalists.. Rachna’s message: “I am a strong believer in the importance of journalism.. Journalists play an important role in determining whether the world will become a better place.. We journalists have the power to bring about change and I promise I will use my career for the good of society.. I hope other journalists will do the same.. 15 May 2013.. Sok Ratha.. Sok Ratha, otherwise known as Ratha Visal, works in northeastern Cambodia as a reporter for Radio Free Asia (RFA) and has reported on extensive human rights violations in Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and Stung Treng.. Ratha Visal has almost 20  ...   Cambodia’s political culture and were provided with the tools necessary to implement positive political change.. After successfully completing his internship with KAS, Ritthy worked as a Monitoring Officer for the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia.. During this time, he was responsible for observing Cambodian elections as well as monitoring the Cambodian government, parliament and media.. Ritthy currently writes a blog in which he discusses politics in Cambodia and social issues.. Ritthy’s message: “My dream is to help lead Cambodia towards a progressive future of economic, legal, political and social change, using a non-violent approach.. 8 May 2013.. Koeut Chantrea.. Koeut Chantrea is working as a freelance reporter for Popular Magazine and is also currently a student of journalism at the Department of Media and Communication at the Royal University of Phnom Penh.. She chose to study journalism as she wants to contribute to improving the situation of press freedom in Cambodia.. She is also aware that many in Cambodia see journalism as a career only suitable for men.. She wishes to challenge this idea and in doing so she hopes to encourage other females to break into journalism.. Chantrea has extensive experience in communications and journalism.. When she was younger she interned in the communications department of the Youth Resource Development Program.. She also worked as a radio presenter for FM 91MHz in 2010.. Later, she worked as the translator and reporter for Southeast Asia Television.. She has written for LIFT magazine on youth issues and has also written for the charity, Trocaire, on the subject of domestic violence prevention.. Chantrea also writes her own blog: chumreapsour.. wordpress.. com.. Her blog is about her own experiences and youth opinions on various issues.. It also includes some of her photography work.. Chantrea’s message: “In the future, I would love to be a professional journalist.. I prefer to seek the truth, be a bridge between the government and the people, and write accurate and fair stories for the public.. Also, I want to eliminate the traditional mindset that Khmer women do not have the same ability as men.. I think we need gender equality in order to develop ourselves and our country.. I hope that I can encourage other women to pursue this type of career.. 7 May 2013.. Kim Thidakallianey.. Ms.. Kim Thidakallianey is currently working as a freelance producer.. She has more than 12 years experience working in TV production and has produced Public Service Announcement, TV advertising, documentaries and various other TV shows.. She had experience working with many well-known organizations such as the BBC World Service Trust, Cambodian Health Education Media Service, World Wide Fund for Nature and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).. From 2010 to March 2013, Kallianey worked as a TV Production Manager for UNDP and was responsible for their “Equity Weekly Program”, a TV show aimed at strengthening democracy in Cambodia (www.. equitycam.. tv).. Many of the Equity shows have influenced the government to alter their decisions regarding important matters such as land concessions, mining, resettlement for evictees, traffic accidents and the banning of alcohol promotion.. Many of Kallianey’s TV shows and related campaigns were the most successful media outputs ever in Cambodia.. Examples of her successes include the following: “Good health, bright future”, “Music Mission TV drama” and “Equity Weekly Program”.. Kallianey’s message: “I have a strong passion for journalism and believe that media can play a very important role in changing the world and making it a better place.. 6 May 2013.. Ing Chanthorn.. Ing Chanthorn, a.. k.. a.. Ing Bunthon, is currently working as the news editor for the radio show, Voice of Democracy (VOD).. Ing Chanthorn was born into a farming family in Kampot province, near to the Cambodia-Vietnam border.. Since he was a child he enjoyed listening to and mimicking the reporters on international radio programmes as Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Radio French International.. This interest from an early age led Ing Chanthorn to decide to work as a reporter.. In 2004 he came to study in Phnom Penh.. He had to work part-time to support himself and his studies.. After graduation he participated in a 3-month practical training organized by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media.. He then applied to work at VOD and was successful.. Chanthorn’s message: “Being a journalist, there is never a minute that I stop thinking about the news or ignore what is happening around me.. What I know, the public will also know.. 5 May 2013.. Hang Chakra.. Hang Chakra, real name Chey Oudom, is currently the Director and Editor of Khmer Mchas Srok newspaper.. He received an award from Human Rights Watch in 2011 for his work.. He started his career in 1994 as a reporter for several different newspapers and then in 1998 he began publishing his own newspaper, Voice of Khmer Nationalist.. In late 2000, he began work as a political editor for Moneakseka Khmer and then in 2007, he started Khmer Mchas Srok.. During his 20 years experience as a journalist, Hang Chakra has faced countless threats.. He was sued by high-ranking government officials on the charges of defamation and disinformation in 2008 and 2009 respectively.. As a Cambodian journalist he believes that journalists face intimidation, arrest and sometimes even assassination, in order to scare them and other journalists into being silent.. Chakra’s message: “I would like to call for a halt to all kinds of intimidation against journalists and bring all perpetrators who kill/threaten/harass journalists to justice in order to stop this “culture of impunity” which is rife in Cambodia.. To my fellow journalists: please be brave in transmitting the truth to the public and do your best not to be frightened into submission.. 4 May 2013.. Bo Savy.. Bo Savy is currently working as a freelance reporter for radio show, Voice of Democracy (VOD) based in Siem Reap where he first started work as a volunteer reporter from 2011 to 2012.. Bo Savy decided to work as a news reporter because of his passion for reading the news and keeping up with current affairs.. He also wanted to be able to inform the public about events that affect their everyday lives.. Bo Savy has five year’s experience working as a radio reporter.. He started out his career as a reporter for the Journalist Alliance in Siem Reap.. Later, he worked for Radio Krong Angkor, FM 89.. 5 MHz based in Siem Reap, while at the same time working for Radio Khmer-World based in the United States.. In 2011, Bo Savy won an award for an article he wrote about freedom of expression issues, in a competition organized by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media.. Savy’s message: “Being a journalist in Cambodia means that you face a lot of risks.. I myself have been threatened and insulted by government officials and powerful people because I am not afraid to write articles uncovering their illegal activities.. I would like the government and the public to understand that journalists do not create controversy on purpose – our role is only to be a bridge between the government and the people and vice versa.. 3 May 2013.. Alex Khun.. Alex Khun is a Khmer journalist and broadcaster working for Radio Australia, an international radio arm of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).. Alex’s role allows him to keep in touch and make some contribution in his own capacity toward his birth country, Cambodia, even though he calls Australia home.. Alex graduated from an Engineering degree in Telecommunication and Internet Technologies from a Melbourne-based university, but he chose to move into the media industry and become a broadcaster because he sees the important role the media can play in shaping the future of a country.. Alex also holds a Masters degree in International Development and enjoys doing volunteer work in his spare time.. Life-long learning is his adopted philosophy and so he’s currently pursuing another Masters degree of media and communication in Melbourne, where he’s based.. Alex says: “It’s a privilege to be able to serve the public in Cambodia and Cambodians around the world by providing news and information which help them to make informed decisions about things that influence their lives.. The development of a society will be stunted if its people aren’t allowed to think, speak and express themselves freely.. The media gives people a platform to express their views and opinions on issues that affect them while also providing accurate information and unbiased reporting.. The media is extremely important in holding those people in power accountable for their policies and decision making that affect the lives of the people..

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    Descriptive info: Free Yorm Bopha Campaigns Page: This page gathers information on several campaign initiatives launched by CCHR in an attempt to secure the release of wrongfully imprisoned land rights activist, Yorm Bopha.. On this page you will find easily accessible information on or links to the following: CCHR’s “Voices for Freedom” campaign; the Timeline of Key Events During Yorm Bopha’s One Year in Prison; the Legal Analysis of the charges and evidence against the human rights defender; as well as various press releases relating to the case.. Download Yorm Bopha Timeline here.. IFEX Call for action: Cambodian activist wants to hear from you after a year in jail.. You could listen to the audio message for Ms.. Yorm Bopha through these links (Available in Khmer only):.. 2013-04-30.. 2013-05-01.. 2013-05-02.. 2013-05-07.. 2013-05-08.. 2013-05-09.. 2013-05-14.. 2013-05-15.. 2013-05-18.. 2013-06-02.. 2013-06-03.. 2013-06-04.. 2013-06-15.. 2013-06-16.. 2013-06-23.. 2013-06-24.. 2013-06-25.. 2013-06-30..  ...   CCHR Press Release: Land rights activist Yorm Bopha remains in prison after one year despite a flagrant lack of evidence to warrant her incarceration.. CCHR Press Release: Preceding Yorm Bopha’s Appeal Hearing scheduled for 5 June 2013, CCHR Releases a Legal Analysis of her Charging and Sentencing by the Phnom Penh Court of First Instance.. CCHR Press Release: CCHR launches the “Voices for Freedom” campaign in support of imprisoned activist Yorm Bopha and calls for her immediate release.. CCHR Press Release: CCHR calls on the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh to expedite the appeal hearing of convicted Boeng Kak activist Yorm Bopha.. CCHR HRD Alert: Boeung Kak Activist Arrested and Charged by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.. CCHR HRD Alert: Boeung Kak and Borei Keila hearings scheduled for 26 December.. CCHR Alert: Phnom Penh authorities attempt to crack down on Boeung Kak community march..

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