UN rapporteur to monitor rights in visit to Kingdom

Rhona Smith, the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, is to arrive in Phnom Penh on Monday to monitor the current situation in the Kingdom at the invitation of the government. During an 11-day visit from April 29 to ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-rapporteur-monitor-rights-visit-kingdom

UNHRC releases documents on state of Cambodia

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has published three documents in preparation for a review next month on the situation in Cambodia.​ The UNHRC is set to review the human rights situation in the Kingdom on January 30 during the 32nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR), ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unhrc-releases-documents-state-cambodia

Gov’t mocks Human Rights Watch over appeal for journalists’ release

The rights group, HRW, had called for the release of Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, two Radio Free Asia reporters who were jailed on treason charges for allegedly continuing to work for RFA after it had left the country under government pressure. ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/government-mocks-human-rights-watch-over-appeal-for-journalists-release/4396640.html

Hun Sen: rights organisation CCHR will not be shut down

In an unexpected turn, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Saturday that the outspoken Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) will not be shut down, despite accusing the local NGO last week of serving foreign interests. In an article posted to government mouthpiece Fresh News, the ...

Leonie Kijewski and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sen-rights-organisation-cchr-will-not-be-shut-down

Reeling From Detention, Adhoc 5 Stay Defiant

After 427 days behind bars, the Adhoc 5 have been enjoying their first weekend of liberty after being released from prison on bail on Thursday night. ...

Van Roeun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/reeling-from-detention-adhoc-5-stay-defiant-132052/

‘Adhoc 5’ released on bail in case widely seen as political

In a surprise move, four human rights workers and an election official, collectively known as the “Adhoc 5”, were released from pretrial detention yesterday evening, 427 days after they were taken into custody on bribery charges relating to an opposition sex scandal. ...

Yon Sineat, Ananth Baliga and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/adhoc-5-released-bail-case-widely-seen-political

‘Adhoc 5’ investigation concluded; trial awaits

The 13-month investigation into five current and former human rights workers known as the ‘Adhoc 5’ has ended, a court spokesman said on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial in a case widely condemned as being unjust and politically motivated. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/adhoc-5-investigation-concluded-trial-awaits-131614/

Human rights watch slams ‘neither free nor fair’ elections

Human Rights Watch (HRW), long one of the government’s harshest critics, on Tuesday condemned the June 4 commune elections as “neither free nor fair” and called for urgent reforms to safeguard next year’s national election. ...

Chhorn Phearun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/human-rights-watch-slams-neither-free-nor-fair-elections-131317/

Government denounces US,EU criticism of Adhoc 5 detention

The government has lashed out at the U.S. and E.U. over their criticism of the detention of five current and former rights workers in Cambodia for more than a year, adopting the language of its critics by calling their statements “politically motivated.” ...

Matt Surrusco
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-denounces-us-eu-criticism-of-adhoc-5-detention-129201/

NGO criticizes rights report

A civil society group yesterday rebuked a recent report by the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), claiming the scathing report on the country’s legislative practices violated Asean principles. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/36947/ngo-criticizes-rights-report/

Top court upholds decision to deny bail for Adhoc officials

Four senior officials for rights group Adhoc will remain behind bars after the Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Court of Appeal’s ruling that they should be held in detention while awaiting trial, but gave no reason for the decision. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/top-court-upholds-decision-to-deny-bail-for-adhoc-officials-126486/

Prosecutor defends denial of bail for four Adhoc workers

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision to keep four officials from rights group Adhoc imprisoned while the court investigates their case was right “according to the law,” a Supreme Court official said on Monday during an appeal hearing. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/prosecutor-defends-denial-of-bail-for-four-adhoc-workers-126208/

Activists ask court to arrest real perpetrators

Two human rights activists, who were summoned to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they incited an attack on two Daun Penh district security guards in October, asked the court to have the real perpetrators arrested. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35277/activists-ask-court-to-arrest-real-perpetrators/

Beaten activists accused

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued a warrant yesterday summoning human rights activists Am Sam Ath and Chan Puthisak to court today on charges that they incited an attack on two Daun Penh district security guards during a World Habitat Day protest on October 10. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35233/beaten-activists-accused/

PM to consider the release of rights officials

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he would consider releasing four human rights officers and an election official – who have been detained since April – after the verdicts in their cases, but he said two members of the opposition will receive no such consideration. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34982/pm-to-consider-the-release-of-rights-officials/

Protesters: Free NGO leader

Almost 200 people protested yesterday in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City, demanding the release of Mang Puthy, president of the Cambodia Informal Economy Reinforced Association (CIERA), who says he was arrested after officials framed him for attempted murder. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33784/protesters--free-ngo-leader/

Rift with UN rights body ends

The government has patched up a quarrel with the United Nations’ human rights wing less than two weeks before the organization would have been forced out of Cambodia. But the two-year agreement came with a reminder of Cambodia’s sovereignty and the principle of non-interference in national ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33398/rift-with-un-rights-body-ends/

Clock ticking for UN’s rights office

With 10 days remaining until a government-imposed deadline for the U.N.’s human rights office to either sign a new agreement to operate in the country or close down, there is no sign that the two sides have come any closer to reaching a deal. ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/clock-ticking-uns-rights-office-122195/

NGOs urge UN action on human rights

Twelve NGOs have issued an open letter to the UN Human Rights Council urging it to adopt a strong resolution on what they term the grave deterioration of the human rights situation in Cambodia. ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-urge-un-action-human-rights

Amnesty mobilizes for Adhoc five

Amnesty International has designated four human rights officers and an election official who were jailed earlier this month as “prisoners of conscience” and will call on millions of members around the world to petition the government for their release.   ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second2/amnesty-mobilizes-for-adhoc-five-112985/

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