Human rights watch: Cambodian government’s claims of democracy do not reflect reality

Cambodia’s 2023 election year was marked by attacks against government critics and independent media, according to a 2024 global Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published Thursday. ... ...

Khuon Narim and Leila Goldstein

National police: political activism led to candlelight party member’s arrest in Thailand

The arrest of a Candlelight Party member in Bangkok last Friday was related to his activism against the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), a National Police spokesperson said. ... ...

Phon Sothyroth and Leila Goldstein

Government disputes HRW report

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra has responded to a report issued by Human Rights Watch (HRW) which claimed that the construction of the Lower Sesan II Hydropower Dam had undermined human rights in Cambodia. ... ...

Voun Dara

Drop journalists’ ‘espionage’ charges, urges rights group

Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement on Wednesday urging Cambodian authorities to drop espionage charges which it deemed politically motivated against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists and free them of court supervision. But Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin dismissed the statement ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya

Cambodia: over 145 opposition members summoned

Cambodian authorities should immediately end the harassment of former opposition party members and their supporters, Human Rights Watch said today. European Union officials arriving in Cambodia on June 3, 2019 to review the Cambodian government’s rights record in connection with the Everything but Arms (EBA) trade privileges should ...

Human Rights Watch

Missing land activist found

A land activist involved in a dispute who disappeared in January reunited with his wife in Phnom Penh on Friday. Sum Meun disappeared in Oddar Meanchey province on January 20, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) calling on the government to reveal his whereabouts, while a ...

Soth Koemsoeun

HRW urges authorities to reveal activist whereabouts

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Cambodian authorities to immediately reveal the whereabouts of a land activist who was “forcibly disappeared” in Preah Vihear province. It said it was the first time such a thing had occurred since the country was ruled by a single ...

Long Kimmarita

HRW to EU: End migrant abuse

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the European Union (EU) to renew efforts to eliminate forced labour and other abusive treatment within the Thai fishing industry, noting that a large number of workers were from Cambodia and Myanmar. ... ...

Ben Sokhean

Officials dismiss HRW report

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the National Police have dismissed complaints by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that high-ranking members of the armed forces campaigned for it before and during the election period – a violation of the Cambodian constitution. ... ...

Meas Sokchea and Mech Dara

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

US rights group calls for end to prosecutions of opposition officials, activists

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Cambodian authorities to end “baseless” convictions of former opposition officials and activists ahead of this year’s general election. The prominent US-based rights group said in a statement on Monday that the authorities should throw out the cases against 11 ...

Hul Reaksmey

International groups slam NGO and media closures

International condemnation for the government’s continued clampdown on NGOs and independent media organisations continued to flow in over the weekend, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) calling it an “escalating campaign of politically-motivated harassment, intimidation, and legal action”. ... ...

Ananth Baliga

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

Sugar company's compensation deals leave families bitter in Kampong Speu

In 2010, more than 1,500 families in Kampong Speu’s Oral district were evicted from the land they had cultivated since the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979 to make way for a Phnom Penh Sugar Company mega-plantation. ...  ...

Jack Davies and Bun Sengkong

HRW slams government over lawmaker attack case

The investigation and trial following the brutal attack on two opposition lawmakers by members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit last year has all the hallmarks of a “blatant cover-up,” according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday. ... ...

Khy Sovuthy and George Wright

Meeting touts new approach to rehab

Officials from provinces across the country gathered in Banteay Meanchey yesterday and the day before to learn about alternative community-based drug rehabilitation services and vocational training, anti-drug officials said. ...  ...

Kong Meta

NGOs vow to continue union law opposition

Following the passage of the controversial trade union law on Monday, international rights groups say they will continue to oppose the legislation, which will now move to the Senate for approval. ... ...

Ananth Baliga

Drug center will not pursue 18 still free after mass escape

After more than 40 men broke out of a Phnom Penh drug rehabilitation cen­ter on Friday, officials said this week that they have called off efforts to arrest 18 es­capees who remain at large, in­stead asking for their families to re­turn them voluntarily. ...  ...

Ben Sokhean

HRW says PM’s bodyguards beat lawmakers

In a report released last week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) came to the predictable—and mostly well-supported—conclusion that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government was failing in its duty to protect its people. ... ...

Ben Sokhean and Colin Meyn

Rights group blasts government over events in 2015

Human Rights Watch (HRW), long one of the most strident critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling party, again slammed the government on Wednesday for its failure to uphold human rights in Cam­bodia, with the release of its World Report 2016. ... ...

Colin Meyn

New maid training DIY

Cambodian recruitment agencies are drawing up more extensive training programs for maids being sent to Malaysia following a lifting of a ban on the practice in December. ... ...

Sen David and Charles Rollet

Despite progress, draft union law has major flaws: HRW

After seven years under discussion and a series of drastic edits, the Trade Union Law is inching closer to being passed by the National Assembly. Human Rights Watch yesterday issued a statement on the latest draft of the union law, saying that while it ...

Jonathan Cox

Rights group: Drop warrant for Cambodia opposition leader

An international rights group Saturday called the warrant for the arrest of Cambodia’s opposition leader in a years-old defamation case "politically motivated", saying it should be dropped immediately. ... ...

Turkish Weekly News Staff

CPP loyalists leading lawmaker assault probe

Last week’s protest in front of the National Assembly had all the hallmarks of an event organized by the CPP to make a point. ... ...

Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara

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