Human rights

Civil and political rights

Human rights committee’s legal hotline receives praise

Civil societies on Tuesday applauded the Cambodian Human Rights Committee’s (CHRC) new legal hotline meant to promote access to justice and empower financially vulnerable people.​​ CHRC spokesman Chin Malin told The Post on Thursday that a 35-strong legal team is to be placed on standby ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/human-rights-committees-legal-hotline-receives-praise

Inter-ministry committee clears draft access to information bill

The inter-ministry committee finalised its review of the draft bill on access to information on Friday and plans to submit it to the Council of Ministers in January before it is sent to the National Assembly. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/inter-ministry-committee-clears-draft-access-information-bill

Everything But Arms: EU close to suspending Cambodia’s trade preferences

The EU slammed the government for the dire human rights situation in the Southeast Asian country, giving it a one-month deadline to respond to a preliminary report on suspending trade preferences before deciding whether to go ahead with the plan. Brussels has warned Phnom Penh ...

EU Bulletin
https://www.eubulletin.com/10398-everything-but-arms-eu-close-to-suspending-cambodias-trade-preferences.html

Voice of America planning to discuss buying air-time

Voice of America (VOA) has contacted Beehive Radio FM 105 and Radio FM 102 to discuss buying air-time to broadcast again, they said. VOA had recently received approval from the Minister of Information to go on air. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/voice-america-planning-discuss-buying-air-time

Working group to assess media freedom through local lenses

The Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia has established a working group tasked with promoting media freedom and evaluating content to foster quality journalism in the Kingdom. The UJFC in a statement on Tuesday said the working group is dubbed the Cambodian Committee for Media Assessment ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50655949/working-group-to-assess-media-freedom-through-local-lenses/

UJFC calls for joint evaluation of press freedom

The Union of Journalist Federations of Cambodia has urged local unions and media associations to collaborate and conduct a joint evaluation of the Kingdom’s media freedom. UJFC president Huy Vannak, who was re-elected to his position during its congress on Saturday, said all local unions and ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50650537/ujfc-calls-for-joint-evaluation-of-press-freedom/

Information access law in line with standards: Minister

The Information Ministry yesterday announced that the draft Law on Access to Information is ready to be reviewed during an unspecified inter-ministerial meeting next month after it deemed that the draft’s contents are in line with international standards and the constitution. It also said the draft ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50649227/information-access-law-in-line-with-standards-minister/

Information access law to be finalised next month

The Ministry of Information on Tuesday concluded the final revision by key ministries of the draft Law on Access to Information, without making any major amendments. It will be submitted to the Council of Ministers to be rubber-stamped by the end of September or beginning ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-access-law-be-finalised-next-month

‘Media crucial in fight against trafficking’

The Ministry of Information and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) joined hands to strengthen the capacity of journalists, TV presenters and commentators to upgrade their skills in helping to address human trafficking. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/media-crucial-fight-against-trafficking

Kingdom, Japan hold rights dialogue

CHRC President Keo Remy said after the meeting that he and the Japanese team – led by Masato Otaka, Ambassador in charge of UN Affairs and Deputy Assistant Minister of the Foreign Policy Bureau at Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs – discussed human rights issues ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kingdom-japan-hold-rights-dialogue

Seven arrested for commemorating Kem Ley's assassination

A middle-aged man was arrested and sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court Wednesday while three other supporters of slain political analyst Kem Ley were also arrested as they were attempting to sell t-shirts with Kem Ley’s portrait and commemorating his assassination’s third anniversary. According to ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/seven-arrested-for-commemorating-kem-ley-assassination/4994656.html

Gov’t reviews access to information law draft

A fifth iter-ministerial meeting was held on Wednesday to continue reviewing and discussing the first draft of the Access to Information Law, even as civil society called on the ministries to accelerate its discussions.​ Following the meeting, which was led by the Ministry of Information, ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-reviews-access-information-law-draft

UN concerned over political crackdown

UN human rights experts have expressed concern about what they call an escalating trend of silencing political opinion, saying the government has used criminal law to deny former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members’ the rights to expression and to hold gatherings. However, senior government ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/un-concerned-over-political-crackdown

PM raises fake news at summit

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday addressed the Asia Media Summit in Siem Reap, outlining his priorities to increase cooperation in the region and the world to combat fake news and cybercrime, which he said are becoming a serious threat. In his speech at the ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-raises-fake-news-summit

‘Fake news’ on agenda at summit in Siem Reap

The fight against fake news in the digital era will be on the agenda as Cambodia hosts the 16th Asia Media Summit 2019 attended by some 500 participants from more than 40 countries around the world in Siem Reap province. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fake-news-agenda-summit-siem-reap

Gov’t to amend Press Law to be ‘in line with current reality’

The Ministry of Information is preparing with relevant ministries’ and institutions’ amendments to the Press Law to bring it in line with current reality, while UN human rights monitor for Cambodia Rhona Smith has expressed concerns over press freedom in Cambodia. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-amend-press-law-be-line-current-reality

NGOs want environmental impact report access

Civil society organisations dealing with environmental issues yesterday urged the Environment Ministry to disclose environmental impact assessment reports due to a lack of public information on whether or not companies comply with their reports after development projects have been approved. In a workshop on “Promoting Environmental ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50581980/ngos-want-environmental-impact-report-access/

Access to Information draft law ready

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday confirmed that the draft law on Access to Information has been inserted into the 6th mandate of the government’s strategic plan. In an announcement dated yesterday that addressed public and civil society groups’ requests, Mr Kanharith said the ministry had ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50577422/access-to-information-draft-law-ready/

NGOs call for speedy passage of information freedom law

A group of 19 non-governmental organisations and associations have urged the Kingdom’s legislative and executive bodies to expedite the passage of a draft law on freedom of information, which the group said had been delayed for years. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-call-speedy-passage-information-freedom-law

New KWP president named

The former senior adviser to the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Kong Korm, has been named the honorary president of the Khmer Will Party (KWP). The appointment came after Korm and his son Kong Bora became the first of 118 banned senior CNRP ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/new-kwp-president-named

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