Social development

Human rights

Ministry to study Licadho report on rape by relatives cases

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs yesterday said it is studying a Licadho report that found that nearly one in three cases of rape or attempted rape of a woman were perpetrated by a relative of the victim. ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50793601/ministry-to-study-licadho-report-on-rape-by-relatives-cases/

Permanent Mission hits back at ‘naming to alert’ criticism

The Permanent Mission of Cambodia in Geneva has hit back at three United Nations human rights experts, who expressed alarm over what they called the ‘naming and shaming’ of COVID victims. The Mission said that Cambodia’s response to the coronavirus aims to “ensure that precious ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50792643/permanent-mission-hits-back-at-naming-to-alert-criticism/

Stark contrast of opinions on Cambodia’s Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day in Cambodia was marked in contrasting fashions yesterday, as the government said the rights situation in the Kingdom is improving and “far better” compared to some other countries in the region, while some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) expressed concern over repression of human ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50791952/stark-contrast-of-opinions-on-cambodias-human-rights-day/

Rights groups appeal for prisons testing, as Hun Sen solicits vaccine funds

Three international and domestic rights groups said the government must test prisoners who may have been exposed to an Interior Ministry official who had the disease, with Prime Minister Hun Sen focused on soliciting funds for vaccine acquisitions. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/rights-groups-appeal-for-prisons-testing-as-hun-sen-solicits-vaccine-funds/

Civil society forced to take Human Rights Day celebrations online

Civil society groups and human rights non-governmental organizations knew in 2019 that it would be the last time International Human Rights Days would be a holiday, after the government did away with five national holidays to increase annual work days. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/civil-society-forced-to-take-human-rights-day-celebrations-online/

Government alleges misconduct among journalists, greenlights legal action

The Information Ministry threatened legal action against journalists it claimed were spreading fake news or engaging in unethical behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, a warning that comes amid persistent persecution of journalists in the country. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://cambojanews.com/government-alleges-misconduct-among-journalists-greenlights-legal-action/

Three Kratie journalists charged with extortion in suspicious land clearing case

Three online news journalists from Kratie province were arrested and charged with extortion this week for allegedly demanding money in return for holding back a story about illegal land clearing.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/three-kratie-journalists-charged-with-extortion-in-suspicious-land-clearing-case/

Rice lobby refutes rights abuse claim

The Cambodia Rice Federation (CRF) on Monday voiced deep regret over claims linking milled-rice exports to Australia with human rights abuses. ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/rice-lobby-refutes-rights-abuse-claim

News publisher sentenced to 18 months in jail for incitement

A news publisher has been sentenced to 18 months in prison over criticisms of Prime Minister Hun Sen in several social media posts. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/news-publisher-sentenced-to-18-months-in-jail-for-incitement/

Ministry rejects NGOs claim of media oppression

The Ministry of Information issued a statement yesterday to address the concerns of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) regarding press freedom in Cambodia, saying they are trying to mislead the public. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50779352/ministry-rejects-ngos-claim-of-media-oppression/

Kampong Chhnang journalist denies inciting villagers against military

The owner of a provincial radio station, Sok Oudom, maintained he had not incited villagers in Kampong Chhnang province against the military during his incitement trial on Tuesday, with a verdict expected on November 17. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/kampong-chhnang-journalist-denies-inciting-villagers-against-military/

NGOs: Stop oppressing journalists and limiting free speech

A joint statement released on November 2 by a group of 57 NGOs called for the government to stop silencing journalists and media outlets and release journalists who they believe were unfairly arrested.​ ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-stop-oppressing-journalists-and-limiting-free-speech

Publisher tells court his posts sought attention and ‘Likes’, not chaos

A news publisher who was imprisoned over criticisms of Prime Minister Hun Sen in several social media posts pleaded guilty at his trial on Tuesday but said he was just trying to arouse interest and more “likes.” ...

Ouch Sony
https://vodenglish.news/publisher-tells-court-his-posts-sought-attention-and-likes-not-chaos/

CHRC responds to recent human rights criticisms

The Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) on Wednesday issued a press release on the situation of human rights, the implementation of democracy and the rule of law in Cambodia.   ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/chrc-responds-recent-human-rights-criticisms

UN rapporteur told to follow code of conduct

The Cambodian Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Wednesday urged UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith to strictly observe the code of conduct and her office’s operations manual.​ ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/un-rapporteur-told-follow-code-conduct

‘Professional’ journalists get Covid reporting award

The Club of Cambodian Journalists (CCJ) bestowed awards on five journalists for their Covid-19 reporting at a ceremony on Monday. Sao Sok Eng, a journalist from thmeythmey.com, took home the top prize. Mao Samnang, from the TV station PNN, came in second. Mom Kunthear, a former ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/professional-journalists-get-covid-reporting-award

Three Mother Nature activists charged with incitement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged three environmental activists with incitement to disturb social security on September 6, a move civil society groups have said is meant as a threat to others who dare to criticize the government. ...

Khoun Narim
https://cambojanews.com/three-mother-nature-activists-charged-with-incitement/

Three Mother Nature activists detained over social media post

Three environmental activists from the NGO Mother Nature were detained for questioning on September 3 over posts they made on social media saying they planned to march to the prime minister’s house to raise awareness on environmental issues caused by the filling in of Boeng Tamok ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/three-mother-nature-activists-detained-over-social-media-post/

Public order draft law in danger of worsening blame culture, say CCHR

The Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights Chak Sopheap has said that victim-blame culture encourages violence against women and the public order new draft law is in danger of exacerbating this issue. ...

Sok Srey Lux
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50760102/public-order-draft-law-in-danger-of-worsening-blame-culture-say-cchr/

Special Rapporteur voices concern over freedom of expression

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has said it will consider concerns voiced by United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith over peaceful assembly to promote human rights in the Kingdom. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50757290/special-rapporteur-voices-concern-over-freedom-of-expression/

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