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Government rejects NGO report on “war on drugs”

The government criticised a report released by Amnesty International on their website yesterday. The report speaks about human rights violations committed over the government’s “war on drug” campaign. It has resulted in tens of thousands of people being arrested since it started in 2017. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50722895/government-rejects-ngo-report-on-war-on-drugs/

Amnesty International criticizes Country’s ‘Corrupt’ court system

Amnesty International today accused the ruling CPP of using its grip on the judiciary to systematically harass and intimidate civil society and urged the government to drop cases against opposition activists and human rights defenders. ...

George Wright and Chhorn Phearun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/amnesty-international-criticizes-countrys-corrupt-court-system-130667/

Amnesty international criticizes country’s ‘corrupt’ court system

Amnesty International today accused the ruling CPP of using its grip on the judiciary to systematically harass and intimidate civil society and urged the government to drop cases against opposition activists and human rights defenders. ...

George Wright and Chhorn Phearun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/amnesty-international-criticizes-countrys-corrupt-court-system-130667/

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/

Impunity, rights abuses unchecked in Cambodia: Amnesty

Cambodia has been taken to task in Amnesty International’s latest global report, which said the Southeast Asian country continued to abuse human rights while allowing impunity to continue unchecked. ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.newsfultoncounty.com/politics/news/2428368-impunity-rights-abuses-unchecked-in-cambodia-amnesty

Amnesty sets stance on sex work

Human rights NGO Amnesty International on Tuesday voted to adopt a policy to “protect the human rights of sex workers”, notably putting forward suggestions to decriminalise the consensual sex trade while safeguarding sex workers from possible exploitation. ...

Pech Sotheary and Ethan Harfenist
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/amnesty-sets-stance-sex-work

Cambodia facing growing opposition to draft NGO law

Sixteen international human rights groups on Monday urged Cambodia to withdraw a proposed law they fear will muzzle government critics and severely restrict the activities of non-governmental organisations. The law would require Cambodia’s 5,000 domestic and international NGOs to report their activities and finances to the ...

Bangkok Post News Staff
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/600100/cambodia-facing-growing-opposition-to-draft-ngo-law

Amnesty calls for reform of law enforcement in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has been taken to task in a lengthy report by Amnesty International for two years of “violent repression.” Researchers for the human rights organisation found that between Nov. 2013 and May of this year, people’s basic rights to assemble were stifled, excessive and ...

Lauren Crothers
http://bit.ly/1ANKXiG

South Korea to double Cambodian migrant worker permits

The South Korean government will double the number of Cambodian migrant workers who are granted permits to take up employment in the country’s manufacturing, construction and agriculture sectors each year, officials said on Monday. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/south-korea-to-double-cambodian-migrant-worker-permits-78099/

Boeung Kak activists’ release sought

As 10 land-rights activists and a monk prepare to take their appeal against one-year prison terms to the Appeal Court today, rights groups yesterday called for an end to government influence over the judiciary. “It’s time for Cambodia’s courts to act professionally and independently from the ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Shane Worrell
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/boeung-kak-activists-release-sought

Lure of South Korea is strong

Cambodian migrant worker hopefuls have heard murmurs about the poor work conditions in South Korea. However, they remain unfazed – even the recent reports of long hours and abusive employers are doing little to deter their quest to secure better wages abroad. ...

Laignee Barron and Pech Sotheary
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/lure-south-korea-strong

S Korean farming industry slammed

Long considered the friendlier and less exploitative option for overseas Cambodian migrants, South Korea is now being slammed by Amnesty International for a number of abuses afflicting its migrant-dominated agriculture sector. The 20,000 foreign workers fuelling South Korea’s farming industry regularly encounter intimidation, violence, excessive working ...

Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/s-korean-farming-industry-slammed

Media groups urge action in murder of journalist

A provincial court has determined it will hold three men accused of murdering a journalist on Sunday. Kratie court officials say they will detain La Narong, Kem Pheakdy and Pin Heng while an official investigation into the crime takes place. International media advocates condemned the ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/media-groups-urge-action-in-murder-of-journalist/2484755.html

NGOs urge Gov’t to keep searching for missing Veng Sreng teen

A group of 54 local and international non-government groups said Sunday that the state may be behind the disappearance of a 16-year-old boy last seen bleeding from a bullet wound at a garment worker protest in January, and urged the government to investigate. Five garment workers ...

Mech Dara and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngos-urge-govt-to-keep-searching-for-missing-veng-sreng-teen-54760/

UN asked to ‘address crisis’

Amnesty International and rights group Licadho in a joint statement yesterday called on UN member states to “address the country’s human rights crisis” at a UN Human Rights Council hearing in Geneva on Tuesday. The statement, which was sent to foreign embassies, the Cambodian government and ...

Daniel Pye
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-asked-%E2%80%98address-crisis%E2%80%99

Rights groups call for release of ‘scapegoats’

Rights groups and the United Nations yesterday urged the Supreme Court to drop the case against two men widely believed to have been wrongfully convicted of the slaying of unionist Chea Vichea when it convenes this morning. Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun were re-arrested in ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rights-groups-call-release-%E2%80%98scapegoats%E2%80%99

Calls for Boeung Kak Activist’s Release Renewed on One-Year Anniversary

Cambodian and international rights groups have renewed their calls for the release of Phnom Penh housing rights campaigner campaigner Yorm Bopha one year after her arrest, urging the public and national leaders not to forget her during the country’s current political deadlock. Global watchdog Amnesty International ...

Radio Free Asia
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/yorm-bopha-09032013201419.html

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