Outrage at ‘Adhoc 5’ hearing as key witnesses absent and verdict looms

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday resumed the trial of the “Adhoc 5,” the name for a group of rights activists accused of bribing a hairdresser to lie about an alleged romantic relationship with jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha. The full-day hearing proceeded without ...

Niem Chheng

Adhoc 5 key witnesses absent

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday postponed the hearing of five human rights activists dubbed the “Adhoc 5” due to the absence of key witnesses. Four officials from rights group Adhoc – Nay Vanda, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Lim Mony, and Ny Chakrya, ...

Kim Sarom

Court officials’ lawsuit against election official pushed back

A judge postponed the start of a defamation trial against National Election Committee official Ny Chakrya on Monday after the two Siem Reap court officials who brought the case against him failed to show up at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.   ...

Ouch Sony

No bail for Adhoc staffers, election official

The Court of Appeal on Monday denied bail to four rights workers and an election official imprisoned in connection with a sex scandal surrounding deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, upholding the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision last month.    ...

Khuon Narim and Ben Sokhean

Seven NEC members visit colleague in jail

National Election Committee deputy secretary-general Ny Chakrya has appealed to his NEC colleagues to help secure his release from prison so he can resume working on organising the 2017 local and 2018 national ballots. ...

Lay Samean

NEC decides not to seek bail for its deputy in bribery case

The National Election Committee (NEC) decided yesterday that it would not attempt to intervene on behalf of its deputy secretary-general, who was jailed on bribery charges on Monday in connection with the government’s probe of a sex scandal involving opposition leader Kem Sokha. ...

Kuch Naren

Opposition casts doubt on NEC leadership, staff

The National Election Committee (NEC) yesterday appointed Tep Nytha to another term as secretary general, in a selection process that civil society and opposition party members have criticized as fraudulent and closed from public scrutiny. ...

Taing Vida

Rights monitor questioned for conducting ‘unlawful’ protest

A senior human rights monitor in Banteay Meanchey province was questioned on Wednesday by the provincial court over a street protest that took place on Monday, but his organization, Adhoc, is claiming that the court breached judicial procedure in getting him there. ...

Kuch Naren

Activist’s arrest could come soon, judge says

The investigating judge involved in ongoing legal proceedings against human rights activist Ny Chakrya has said a warrant for the man’s arrest is under consideration after Chakrya failed to respond to a subpoena to appear in court yesterday. However, Chakrya’s employer, rights group Adhoc, said ...

Pech Sotheary and Charles Parkinson

International organization condemns ‘harassment’ of rights work

The Geneva-based Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders has appealed to the public to urge Cambodian authorities to end their “judicial harassment” of prominent human rights advocate Ny Chakrya, who stands charged with public defamation and attempting to coerce court officials. ...

Kang Sothear and Taylor O'Connell

Cambodia’s rights defenders under ‘all kinds of threats,’ advocate says

A prominent human rights advocate says Cambodia continues to operate in a repressive environment, with a government that fails to respect local and international standards and laws. ...

Sok Khemara

Subpoena calls Adhoc activist for questioning

Human rights activist Ny Chakrya has received a subpoena to give evidence at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in the latest development in a defamation case against him that has been heavily criticised by international observers. ...

Pech Sotheary and Charles Parkinson

As UN envoy arrives, rights defenders question sway

As Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, began her first official visit to the country Wednesday, leading human rights activists were at odds over how much her position could influence the situation on the ground. ...

Anthony Jensen

Observers say politicians should unite to solve the border with Vietnam

With political tensions between the ruling party and opposition increased over alleged border encroachment by Vietnam and the ongoing arrests of activists, observers say the two sides should work together along with the judiciary to find a resolution. ...

Sok Khemara

Adhoc tells bar request for case files ordinary

Rights group Adhoc has hit back at accusations from the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia that it interferes in judicial proceedings involving its lawyers, saying that the group had merely requested that a backlog of case files be moved from the home of ...

Matt Blomberg and Khy Sovuthy

Bar association accuses rights monitor of legal interference

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia on Tuesday wrote to local rights group Adhoc accusing its head of monitoring, Ny Chakrya, of flouting legal practice by ordering the NGO’s lawyers to hand over for examination all documents relating to cases they defend. ...

Khy Sovuthy

Phnom Penh court charges Ny Chakrya

A Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor said yesterday that he has decided to charge prominent human rights monitor Ny Chakrya in a case that rights groups have described as a bald-faced attempt to suppress criticism of the Kingdom’s judiciary. ...

Pech Sotheary

Adhoc case ‘is a rights violation’

The International Committee of Jurists has given its backing to human rights activist Ny Chakrya, calling for the Cambodian government to end legal proceedings against him. ...

Pech Sotheary and Charles Parkinson

Court begins Chakrya queries

Reporters and supporters of human rights activist Ny Chakrya were barred from entering Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, as he sought to avert charges being laid against him in a case described by advocates as “judicial harassment”. ...

Pech Sotheary and Charles Parkinson

Group claims suit against rights worker is intimidation

The international watchdog Frontline Defenders has called on Cambodian authorities to drop a defamation lawsuit against a prominent human rights worker. Ny Chakrya, head of legal assistance for the rights group Adhoc, is facing a suit filed by two court officials in Siem Reap province last ...

Hul Reaksmey

Defamation suit reaches human rights advocate

A lawyer for prominent rights advocate Ny Chakrya on Wednesday confirmed that she had received a lawsuit against her client from a pair of court officials in Siem Reap province who accuse him of defamation and other crimes. ...

Mech Dara

Judge, prosecutor sue human rights advocate for defamation

Officials at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Justice Ministry on Thursday confirmed that a prosecutor and judge in Siem Reap are suing human rights advocate Ny Chakrya for defamation over a complaint he filed against them last month. On Thursday, a spokesman for the ...

Mech Dara

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