Social development

Human rights

Resounding call to release human rights defender Koet Saray charged for incitement in Preah Vihear

About 50 civil society groups and unions called for the release of human rights activist Koet Saray, president of Khmer Student Intelligent League Association (KSILA), who has been placed in pre-trial detention. ... ...

Khuon Narim

Commentators have their say on end of The Post’s print publication

Following the announcement that The Phnom Penh Post, and Post Khmer, its Khmer language sister paper, will cease publication in print form on March 29, several social observers, government officials, intellectuals and readers were prompted to share their thoughts at the end of more than ...

Orm Bunthoeurn

CSOs continue to press authorities to allow banned STT photo exhibition to resume

Some 62 civil society organizations (CSOs) including Licadho, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), and local communities have urged the authorities to allow Sahmakum Teang Tnaut’s (STT) photo exhibition to resume after it was shut down two weeks ago. ... ...

Phon Sothyroth

HRW: rights of Indigenous Chong residents violated in Southern Cardamom carbon offset project

A new report alleges that conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance forcibly evicted, arrested and mistreated members of the Indigenous Chong community who live in the Cardamom Mountain National Park in the name of a carbon offset scheme. ... ...

Leila Goldstein and Soeung Nimol

Low revenue forces Cambodia’s oldest newspaper ‘Phnom Penh Post’ to end print publication by March 29

The Phnom Penh Post will cease publication by March 29 following a significant fall in advertising revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, although the paper will continue operating online. ... ...

Khuon Narim and Sovann Sreypich

The 38th meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)

The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) held its 38th Meeting chaired by Yong Chanthalangsy, representative of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Chairman of AICHA 2024 on 20-23 February 2024 in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. ... ...

Khmer Times Staff

Ministry of Information finalizing protracted access to information draft law

The Ministry of Information is finalizing the long-overdue draft law on the access to information, known as the “A2I draft law”, as highlighted in its work direction for 2024. The draft law is currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Justice, according to documents viewed ...

Seoung Nimol

Pheaktra calls for traditional media return

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra has reiterated the importance of traditional media, noting that it has an important role to play in a digital context, where true and false information are often mixed together. ... ...

Van Socheata

‘We are dying to live in our homeland’: Siem Reap villagers protest against Apsara

On Monday hundreds of families living inside the Angkor archaeological park protested against the Apsara National Authority, which manages the park, for barring them from doing construction and other activities that support their livelihoods. ... ...

Khuon Narim

Jan 30 fixed for Kem Sokha’s appeal as civil societies hope for political space restoration

 The Court of Appeal will hear former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s appeal against his treason conviction this January 30, as civil societies call on the new government to restore the political situation and human rights in the country. ... ...

Khuon Narim

Seven Cambodian refugees nabbed by Thai police await UNHCR help

Thai authorities arrested 10 Cambodian refugees while attending the Paris Peace Agreement course in Bangkok on December 29, with seven of them being held at Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center while awaiting intervention by the UNHCR. ... ...

Pok Ponlue and Seoung Nimol

Official: Ministry pays close attention to freedom of press

Tep Asnarith, spokesperson for the Ministry of Information, has reiterated that freedom of the press does not extend to messages that are political in nature, or contain an agenda. ... ...

Vong Daravady

NGOs call on the government to restore human rights in Cambodia

Amid a visit by the Special Rapporteur to Cambodia, non-governmental organizations have asked the government to improve human rights conditions in the country, where freedom of expression and political rights continue to be undermined, along with the abuse of political opponents and the shutting down ...

Khuon Narim

UNESCO’s digital platform guidelines to fight misinformation

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has developed guidelines for the governance of digital platforms to combat misinformation and hate speech, and promote transparency and freedom of expression. ... ...

Sangeetha Amarthalingam

CHRC shares report before submission to OHCHR

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) held a workshop to share its findings on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Kingdom. It aimed to increase awareness among stakeholders and gather input to optimise the report, before it ...

Post Staff

Report records rate of journalist harassment in Cambodia

The Journalism Situation in Cambodia Report reveals there were nine cases of harassment recorded against journalists between July and September, including intimidation in the run-up to the elections. ... ...

Mao Sreypich

CSOs, political parties call for the restoration of democracy, human rights in line with Paris Peace Agreements

NGOs and political parties have called on the 18 signatories of the Paris Peace Agreements and Cambodian government to “restore democracy and respect human rights”. ... ...

Pok Ponlue and Khuon Narim

Ruling party forms historic coalition

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) is set to sign a “Cooperation and Coalition Agreement” with 27 other parties at an event to be presided over by CPP president and former prime minister Hun Sen on October 25. ... ...

Kim Yutharo

CHRC report progress with human rights talks with UN

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has announced the “success” of recent human rights dialogue between the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and the UN Office at Geneva. It noted that the talks had made a significant contribution to the implementation of a ...

Samban Chandara

Cambodia speaks up on human rights in Geneva

To advance and defend human rights, Cambodia delivered significant findings at a meeting on civil and political rights in Geneva, Switzerland, through the Cambodian Human Rights Committee. ... ...

Hang Punreay

Minister calls for cessation of sharing of violent videos

Minister of Information Neth Pheaktra has called on journalists and social media users alike to cease the sharing of images and videos which feature deaths or violent content, noting that the widespread posting of such content has the potential to cause emotional harm to survivors ...

Vong Daravady and Bor Pich Zelin

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