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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. CCHR in the News (Audio).. Press Releases.. Media Comments.. Letters.. Freedom of Expression.. Newsletters.. Series.. Case Study.. Fundamental Freedom.. Institutions.. Rule of Law.. Briefing Note.. Legal Analysis.. CCHR calls for restraint amongst party supporters in the lead up to the national election.. Press Release.. Released on 2013-07-11.. Following the violent clash on 5 July 2013 between a group of opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (“CNRP”) supporters marching through the Chamkarmorn district of Phnom Penh and a group of Cambodian People’s Party (“CPP”) supporters who were attending a party in the area, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) would like to call on supporters of all parties to exercise restraint during this tense election period.. Civil Society Organizations Call for Political Parties to Further Promote Women’s and Children’s Issues.. Released on 2013-07-10.. On 3 July 2013, a group of civil society organizations (“CSOs”) jointly organized a national political platform debate on “Special Measures to Solve Women’s and Children’s Issues” (the “Debate”).. CSOs were pleased to welcome to the Debate representatives from seven of the eight political parties who are contesting the National Assembly elections to be held on Sunday, 28 July 2013.. Keep the Media Free.. Released on 2013-07-07.. Dear parliamentary candidates of all political parties, We, the staff and members of the civil society groups listed, and our partners, families and friends, who are registered voters throughout Cambodia, will only consider voting for members of parliament  ...   and Fair Elections in Cambodia (“COMFREL”), Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), Women for Prosperity (“WfP”), Committee to Promote Women in Politics (“CPWP”), PYD, UN WOMEN and Women for All Network, will be jointly hosting a national political platform debate on “Special Measures to Solve Women’s and Children’s Issues in Cambodia” at the Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.. CCHR publishes the Map of Garment Factory in Cambodia.. Released on 2013-06-30.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) publishes today – 30 June 2013 – a map of garment factories operating in Cambodia and their supply chains (the “Garment Factory Map”).. The Garment Factory Map provides detailed profiles for each factory, including the factory’s location, the nationality of the owner, the types of products manufactured, the number of employees and, where available, the specific brands supplied.. Cambodia: Report finds marked deterioration in human rights.. Released on 2013-06-19.. Phnom Penh, 19.. 06.. 2013: Human rights defenders in Cambodia are less safe than they were a year ago according to a report published today by ARTICLE 19 and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).. The risk assessment survey shows the security situation in the country deteriorated significantly in 2012 as the government crackdown on fundamental human rights has intensified ahead of the elections in July.. The report highlights in particular, increasing attacks on freedom of expression and freedom of association.. Previous.. 1.. 2.. 3.. 4.. 5.. 6.. 7.. 8.. 9.. 10.. 11.. 12.. 13.. 56.. 57.. Next..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Political Forum “Perspectives of Political Parties on Environment and Land in Cambodia”.. Released on 2013-06-17.. The purpose of this Political Forum is to enable the major political parties to outline their policies on the environment and land prior to the national election on 28 July 2013, ensuring that Cambodian citizens, civil society organizations, and local authorities can gain a better understanding of each political party’s stance on these key issues, encouraging greater participation in the upcoming election.. The Upholding of Rights Defender’s Conviction Marks Another Blow to Human Rights and Justice in the Kingdom.. Released on 2013-06-15.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is outraged by yesterday’s decision by the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh, to uphold the bogus conviction of housing rights activist, Yorm Bopha.. Despite a stark lack of evidence to warrant a case against her, Yorm Bopha was found guilty of “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” on 27 December 2012.. Although the Court of Appeal reduced Yorm’s Bopha’s sentence yesterday to two years, on the grounds that she did not directly commit violence, she was taken back to prison yesterday evening after the decision, where she will serve the rest of her sentence – fifteen months.. CCHR Expresses Grave Concern Relating to the Potential Impact of a Khmer Rouge Crimes Denial Law on Freedom of Expression in Cambodia.. Released on 2013-06-06.. The Cambodian Center  ...   with intentional violence with aggravating circumstances under Article 218 of the Cambodian Criminal Code, in relation to a skirmish that had broken out near her house on 7 August 2012.. In the wake of more protests, CCHR calls on City Hall to resolve long-standing land conflicts in Phnom Penh.. Released on 2013-05-31.. In the wake of the disproportionate force used by law enforcement against housing rights activists on 29 May 2013 in front of Phnom Penh City Hall, during one of many anti-eviction demonstrations that have turned violent recently, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) calls on the competent authorities of Phnom Penh municipality to resolve the various land conflicts which have been pending for years in the capital.. Released on 2013-05-29.. On 31 May 2013, a Political Forum on the topic of “Perspectives of Political Parties on Environment and Land in Cambodia” will be hosted at the Golden Sand Hotel, Street 23 Tola, Sangkat 04, Sihanouk Province.. CCHR welcomes the initial commitment of the new Phnom Penh Municipality Governor to the resolution of land conflict at Boeung Kak Lake.. Released on 2013-05-13.. CCHR welcomes the commitment of the recently appointed Phnom Penh Municipality Governor, His Excellency Pa Socheat Vong, to solving land disputes at Boeung Kak Lake, as well as other areas of Phnom Penh where residents have been affected by land disputes and faced with eviction..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Ms.. Em Phallamony, Provincial Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Province “Never saying no to small or big tasks helps her to succeed in politics”.. Released on 2013-05-09.. This is the case profile of Ms.. Em Phallmony, Deputy Governor at Siem Reap province.. It is the first series to publish women`s case profiles at provincial level, to promote women`s political representation in Cambodia at the national and sub-national levels.. The series aims at encouraging the public interest in women`s representation in politics, promoted by The Project to Promote Women`s Political Representation in Cambodia hosted by The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).. Policy Platform on Land Policy.. Released on 2013-05-05.. The purpose of the platform is to provide the opportunity for local residents in Chheur Teal commune to meet with local authorities, an independent analyst, parliamentarians, political party representatives and NGO representatives.. Discussions will take place in order to help clarify the participants understanding of the land policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia and the land policy of each political party in accordance with the enforced laws.. A year on, CCHR mourns the murder of environmental activist Chut Wutty and the twin scourges of violence and impunity that continue to stalk Cambodia.. Released on 2013-04-26.. A year on, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) marks the first anniversary of the murder of Chut Wutty on 26 April 2012 in the remote Cardamom Mountains of Koh Kong province in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”), and mourns his loss.. Chut Wutty was the founder and director of the Natural Resource Protection Group, and was Cambodia’s foremost environmental and anti-logging activist.. While accompanying two journalists to investigate alleged illegal logging and land grabs in Koh Kong province,  ...   CCHR launches the “Voices for Freedom” campaign in support of imprisoned activist Yorm Bopha and calls for her immediate release.. Released on 2013-04-23.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) invites all concerned citizens to send either their recorded or telephone messages of support for imprisoned Yorm Bopha to CCHR in order to have them broadcast live at the beginning of CCHR’s radio program which is aired from 11.. 00 to 12.. 00 on radio FM 105 MHz every Tuesday to Thursday morning.. The messages of support will continue to be broadcast until the activist is released from prison.. His Excellency please have mercy and intervene in the case regarding threats made by Mr.. Tep Nan, the head of the Andong Four village community, directed to Ms.. Yong Sophorn; and the Sangkat Kork Raka officer, who refused to receive Ms.. Yong Sophorn’s complaints regarding threats directed at her during 25-27 March, 2013.. Released on 2013-04-22.. On Monday 25 March 2013, a working group from CCHR’s Land Reform Project (“LRP”) visited Andong Four Village, Sangkat Kork Raka, Khan Pur Sen Chey, Phnom Penh, which is located approximately 8 km from Phnom Penh International Airport.. CCHR, CLEC and the NGO Forum on Cambodia release a Mini-Report following the Roundtable Discussion on “Investment Projects and Land Concessions” held on 29 March 2013, during which the new General Manager of Koh Kong Sugar Industry Co Ltd announced the return of disputed land.. Released on 2013-04-12.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), along with the Community Legal Education Center (“CLEC”) and the NGO Forum on Cambodia, have released a Mini-Report regarding the recent roundtable discussion on “Investment Projects and Land Concessions”, which the three organizations co-hosted.. 14.. 15.. 16..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR calls for the nomination of journalists to be profiled in a Press Freedom Campaign to mark World Press Freedom Day 2013.. The 3 May 2013 is World Press Freedom Day – a day which celebrates press freedom, highlights its importance and pays tribute to journalists worldwide who have lost their lives as a result of their profession.. CCHR welcomes ground-breaking proceedings initiated in the courts of England and Wales against two subsidiaries of UK-based Tate & Lyle plc on behalf of 200 displaced Cambodian villagers.. Released on 2013-04-11.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) welcomes reports that proceedings have been issued in the courts of England and Wales against two subsidiaries of the UK-based multi-national company Tate & Lyle plc, Tate & Lyle Industries Limited and T & L Sugars Limited (the “T & L Companies”).. CCHR’s Sithi.. org wins 2013 Communications for Social Change Award.. Released on 2013-04-09.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is proud to announce that CCHR’s human rights web-portal www.. sithi.. org (the “Sithi Portal”) has won the 2013 Communications for Social Change Award awarded by the Centre for Communication and Social Change at the School of Journalism and Communication, within the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.. A Villager  ...   representation in politics in Cambodia which provides a number of recommendations to address gender inequality in politics.. Released on 2013-03-28.. Today, 28 March 2013, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights’ (“CCHR”) Project to Promote Women’s Political Representation in Cambodia releases a report entitled “Politics in the Kingdom: Increasing Female Representation” (the “Report”).. Roundtable Discussion on ‘Investment Projects and Land Concessions in Cambodia’.. Released on 2013-03-27.. On 29 March 2013, a roundtable discussion on the topic of ‘Investment Projects and Land Concessions in Cambodia’ will be hosted in Koh Kong province.. This discussion is organized in cooperation between the NGO Forum on Cambodia (“NGOF”), the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) and the Community Legal Education Center (“CLEC”).. Representatives of the media are also invited to attend the roundtable discussion.. CCHR to host Roundtable Discussion on “Mechanisms to Promote Women’s Participation and Representation in Politics at the National Level”.. On 28 March 2013, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) will host a roundtable discussion on “Mechanisms to Promote Women’s Participation and Representation in Politics at the National Level” aimed at bringing together individuals working on women’s participation and representation and members of political parties, to discuss practical mechanisms to promote women’s participation and representation in politics.. 17..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR calls on the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh to expedite the appeal hearing of convicted Boeng Kak activist Yorm Bopha.. Released on 2013-03-21.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) requests that the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh expedites the process of appeal in the case of convicted land rights activist Yorm Bopha, and urgently sets a date for her appeal hearing.. CCHR Welcomes the Court of Appeal’s Decision to Release Mam Sonando but Observes that the Verdict Was a Classic Example of “Rule by Law” Rather than “Rule of Law”.. Released on 2013-03-20.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) welcomes the Court of Appeal’s decision on 14 March 2013 to release Mam Sonando, but observes that the verdict, in keeping with the entire case, was a classic example of “rule by law” rather than “rule of law”.. No return to Bandith country.. Released on 2013-03-17.. We, the undersigned, congratulate the Court of Appeal for resurrecting the case involving Chhouk Bandith – and for reinstating charges against him.. This move followed the controversial decision of Svay Rieng Provincial Court to drop all charges on 18 December 2012, allegedly due to insufficient evidence.. Yet More Brutality, Yet More Shame  ...   Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs of Democratic Kampuchea and one of three senior Khmer Rouge leaders standing trial at the United Nations-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.. Ieng Sary was 87 years old when he died.. CCHR Releases Update of Rape Case Map and New Version of Sithi Portal on International Women’s Day.. Released on 2013-03-08.. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) releases today – 8 March 2013 – an update to our “Reported Rape Cases” map.. The information is gathered from news media in Khmer or English and covers reports from January 2010 to February 2013.. CCHR highlights some positive and negative implications for due process from Mam Sonando’s appeal hearing, and reiterates its call for the journalist’s immediate release.. Released on 2013-03-07.. After two days of monitoring journalist and human rights defender Mam Sonando’s hearing at the Court of Appeal, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) has observed several legal and judicial developments – some positive, some negative – that have strong implications for due process in the Cambodian courts and which deserve to be highlighted.. 18..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: CCHR Protests Against The Arbitrary Detention of Two of Its Staffs and a Monk Ordered By The Governor of Kampot.. Released on 2006-03-02.. 45.. 46.. 47.. 48.. 49.. 50.. 51.. 52.. 53.. 54.. 55..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Rights Group Reaffirms Stance on Use of ‘Yuon’.. Cambodia Daily, 2013-12-19.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) on Wednesday released a statement seeking to clarify an open letter it issued on December 12, which accused CNRP President Sam Rainsy of making comments that are “both derogatory and discriminatory, against…people of Vietnamese origin.. ” The original letter, signed by CCHR president Ou Virak, admonishes Mr.. Rainsy for using the term “yuon,” which can be used as a derogatory way to refer to someone of Vietnamese origin.. Hun Sen’s Human Rights Speech Finds Little Purchase.. VOA, 2013-12-13.. Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said the amount of corruption among government officials makes improving human rights very difficult.. “Some of them have changed,” he said.. “But many individuals who violate human rights are still holding key positions in the government.. They have a culture of looking down on the poor, and also caste divisions of old habit.. ” Impunity remains a problem, with a legal system incapable of punishing wrongdoers in positions of power, he said.. Rainsy ‘twisting facts’: Vietnamese embassy.. PPP, 2013-12-13.. In May, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said they had observed at least 15 trucks hauling loads of 30 to 50 tonnes of luxury timber from CRCK’s concession to the Vietnamese  ...   said that although the laws on the books provide a relatively strong protective legal framework for land rights, they are not carried out properly, often leaving residents marginalized and vulnerable.. “The corruption, nepotism, and lack of political will [to protect land rights] causes land disputes between villagers and investors,” he said at a conference on land disputes organized in conjunction with the report’s launch.. Undercover underused: NGO.. PPP, 2013-12-12.. But granting police greater authority also provokes the need for greater accountability.. “Given the record of police abuses, I’m quite sceptical of how they would use the information and show proper restraint,” said Ou Virak, director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. “I don’t think we should be giving police more power until they can demonstrate greater self-governance.. ”.. Groups insist on equal rights.. PPP, 2013-12-11.. In interviews with the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer) individuals allege being targeted and exploited by police, subject to verbal harassment, beatings and gang rape.. Reliable statistics and documentation of police discrimination or gender-based brutality are scarce, especially since, fearing further abuse and stigma, LGBTQ individuals rarely report the instances.. “We know it’s happening, but we do not have exact data,” said Nuon Sidara, director of CCHR’s sexual orientation and gender-identity program.. 116.. 117..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Ambassador Todd’s Statement on Human Rights Day 2013.. Cambodia US Embassy, 2013-12-10.. There is no higher priority for the United States in Cambodia than promoting respect for human rights and democratic principles.. One of my first actions when I assumed my duties as the U.. S.. Ambassador to Cambodia was to form an NGO Advisory Council with representatives from ADHOC, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, LICADHO, the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, the NGO Forum on Cambodia, the Cambodia Labor Confederation, the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, SILAKA, Oxfam, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and Human Rights Watch.. Cambodians Join in International Mourning for Nelson Mandela.. VOA, 2013-12-07.. “Although he is gone, his heroism will remain as a legacy for mankind,” said Chak Sopheap, a program director at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. “I didn’t know about his death, as I didn’t follow the news last night,” said a Phnom Penh vendor, Chin Rin, 39.. “But I have heard his name for a long time as a global leader demanding human rights and democracy.. I share my condolences for the loss of a global figure like him.. ‘Political Inheritance’ a Brewing Problem, Rights Activist Says.. VOA, 2013-12-06.. WASHINGTON DC - Cambodia needs to build new leaders to take over the country in the next generation, a leading rights activist says.. But Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian  ...   juveniles on trial.. Rule hanging over NA.. Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that although he didn’t buy the argument that the CNRP lawmakers weren’t yet “MPs”, the rule’s invocation would have little effect.. “I think in this case it’s pretty clear that the party still has the power.. the party’s leadership can [later] replace any junior MP with a senior MP whenever they want.. [Internal party conflict] is never going to be a problem.. Cambodians Regularly Face Pre-Trial Detention: Rights Groups.. RFA, 2013-12-04.. Minor crime suspects are also provided a “worryingly low” level of legal representation and judges routinely fail to offer defendants a full explanation of their rights, said the report by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), which analyzed data collected from 354 trials in the first half of 2012.. The trials involved a total of 719 individuals and were drawn from proceedings at the court of first instance of Phnom Penh, Banteay Meanchey and Ratanakiri provinces, it said.. Ou Virak, President of Cambodian Center for Human Rights.. PPP, 2013-12-04.. Virak is the president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and the founder of the Alliance for Freedom of Expression in Cambodia.. He is a well-known as a human rights activist in Cambodia, winning the Reebok Human Rights Award in 2007.. He spoke to LIFT about the human rights situation in the country..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Gov’t forwards publishing complaint to military court.. PPP, 2013-12-03.. Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said despite it being unconstitutional, military courts frequently handled cases that were not in their remit.. “During the civil war, that would make sense, the military courts would handle defamation cases.. The military police should not be handling them now,” he said.. Cambodian Authorities Move to Sue Pro-Opposition Newspaper Publisher.. RFA, 2013-12-02.. Ou Virak, director of the local advocacy group the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that in the recent case the Moneaksekar Khmer could face either a defamation suit or a lawsuit related to harming national security.. Either way, it would not be appropriate for any lawsuit against Dam Sith to come from the military court, since he is a civilian, he said.. “Regardless of whether the lawsuit is about defamation or national security, it is wrong to use the military court,” he told RFA.. CCHR hub to get rights advocates connected.. PPP, 2013-11-29.. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has launched the first dedicated technology hub in Phnom Penh designed to teach human rights advocates about technology relevant to their work, program leaders announced yesterday.. “Sithi Hub” is a physical space where up to 100 members can meet to develop innovative ways of keying Cambodian citizens into using media and online  ...   Center president Ou Virak, a prosecutor “would have to come up with facts that the two accused in this case are knowingly falsifying this information with a malicious intent”.. In reality, however, “it’s going to be the oknha, the tycoon, putting pressure on the court [to find them guilty], and it’s going to be the NGOs putting pressure on the court to rule the other way,” he added.. Villagers ‘paid to log’ lost land.. Employing local forest communities to illegally fell trees is a new strategy pioneered by tycoon Try Pheap, according to CCHR’s senior natural resources researcher, Chhem Savuth.. “About 80 per cent of the population in Preah Vihear’s Rovieng and Cheb districts [are involved in logging] for the companies, because they think the government does not take measures to prevent it, and if they do not log, the companies will log them all [anyway],” he said.. Cambodian Housing Rights Campaigner Released on Bail.. RFA, 2013-11-22.. Rights groups welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to release her, but urged the Court of Appeals to free her unconditionally and clear her name.. “It has been clear from the very beginning of this case that Yorm Bopha has been targeted for her activism in the context of the Boeng Kak community’s struggle for their rights,” Cambodian Center for Human Rights director Ou Virak said in a statement..

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  • Title: CCHR | Cambodian Center for Human Rights
    Descriptive info: Cambodian activist released on bail.. Times_Standard, 2013-11-22.. "It has been clear from the very beginning of this case that Yorm Bopha has been targeted for her activism in the context of the (Boeung Kak) community's struggle for their rights," Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said in a statement.. "While today's decision to temporarily release Bopha from jail is a welcome step, we must urge the Appeal Court to act quickly and to put an end to the suffering of Bopha and her family once and for all.. ".. Cambodia: CCHR and OMCT welcome Yorm Bopha's release after 444 days in prison.. OMCT, 2013-11-22.. According to CCHR President Ou Virak: “It has been clear from the very beginning of this case that Yorm Bopha has been targeted for her activism in the context of the Boeng Kak community’s struggle for their rights.. While today’s decision to temporarily release Bopha from jail is a welcome step, we must urge the Appeal Court to act quickly and to put an end to the suffering of Bopha and her family once and for all.. ”.. Cambodian activist released on bail, faces possible retrial.. Startribune, 2013-11-22.. ".. Cambodian Logging Tycoon Accused of Concession Violations.. RFA, 2013-11-21.. Try Pheap’s activities have  ...   appeal hearing for land and housing rights activist YORM BOPHA will be held at Cambodia’s Supreme Court on 22 November 2013, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) reiterates its call to the Cambodian authorities for Ms.. Yorm Bopha's immediate and unconditional release.. Free Yorm Bopha Campaigns Page of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), OMCT network member in Cambodia.. Rights Group Slams ‘Rampant Impunity’ in Cambodia.. RFA, 2013-11-20.. Ahead of International Day to End Impunity on Saturday, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) highlighted murders of human rights activists and journalists which it says are never investigated, to cases where security forces that have beaten civilians go unpunished, to several well-connected officials that have evaded justice despite being convicted.. “Rampant” impunity is hindering the development of democracy and human rights in the country, the CCHR said in a statement.. Report calls out Pheap.. PPP, 2013-11-20.. And in a report released in August, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights said it had evidence of rampant illegal logging in Preah Vihear being carried out under orders from Pheap.. Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said via email yesterday that big land concessions in Cambodia have inevitably resulted in “rights abuses and resource looting going hand in hand”..

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