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

Supreme court upholds 2018 “Adhoc 5” bribery convictions

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the 2018 bribery convictions of five current and former staffers of human rights group Adhoc, concluding the appeal process in a criminal case that critics have said failed to substantiate the charges. ...

Khuon Narim

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

New independant human rights centre to be launched in Kingdom

Cambodian Human Rights Committee spokesman, Chin Malin, said the government is set to launch a new national independent human rights centre following recommendations from the UN. ...

Va Sonyka

Legal framework not fully compliant with international standards: CCHR

The Cambodian Centre for Human Rights said that a number of provisions in the Kingdom’s legal framework do not fully comply with international human rights standards and fundamental freedoms.​​ The 50-page report entitled “Protecting Fundamental Freedoms: A desk review of domestic legislation and its compliance ...

Taing Vida

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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