Rights committee in UPR review

The Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) led a delegation to participate in the 32nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, for the third time, it said in a press release issued on Friday. It said Cambodia had already submitted documents last ...

Niem Chheng

UN Human Rights Rapporteur to land in capital

The UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, is to land in the Kingdom on Monday, in her first official visit since questioning the “genuineness” of the July 29 national elections, polls she claimed were “one-sided”. ...

Ben Sokhean

Villagers register in land dispute

The Kampong Speu provincial authority said on Wednesday that its task force has completed registering thousands of families in Oral district who have been locked in a long-running land dispute with a sugar plantation owned by a well-connected tycoon. ...

Kong Meta

Legal policy on marginalised groups finished by gov’t, EU

Ministry of Justice and the European Union (EU) experts have finalised the draft policy to provide legal aid to marginalised groups in rural areas in the Kingdom. The ministry and the EU completed the draft during their Technical Support for Legal Aid Policy Development workshop ...

Voun Dara

Mission hits back at UN criticism of Cambodia’s ‘deteriorating’ political climate

The Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations in Geneva shot back at the UN human rights office (OHCHR) yesterday for criticising what it characterised as the Kingdom’s deteriorating political climate, claiming the criticism was “unverified” and “politically motivated”. // //   ...

Leonie Kijewski

After meet, UN rep mum on politics

Keep out of Cambodia’s internal affairs.This was the message delivered yesterday by Cambodia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn to country director for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Wan-Hea Lee at a meeting to discuss cooperation. ...

Touch Sokha

Call to follow spirit of agreement

The government was urged yesterday to follow the spirit of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement as a model to solve the current political problems with dialogue and partnership rather than conflict. At a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the signing of the agreements, which saw ...

Pech Sotheary

Rights must improve: UN

The UN’s special rapporteur for human rights yesterday told Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn that Cambodia is the top ranking country in terms of freedom of expression in the Asean region, but must improve in other areas of human rights which have been raised by the ...

Pech Sotheary

MoU with UN stalled by government

A memorandum of understanding between Cambodia and the United Nations has been stalled for almost 10 months thanks to the government’s insistence that an updated version include pointed references to the concept of “non-interference” lifted from the UN charter, the Post has learned. ...

Shaun Turton

UN rights office voices concern at clampdown on political activism in Cambodia

The United Nations human rights office expressed concern today over a worsening climate for opposition politicians and activists in Cambodia, and stressed that the right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression belongs to all. ...

Big News Network Staff

Nine Vietnamese montagnards fear deportation by Cambodian authorities

Nine Vietnamese Montagnards who are seeking the protection of the United Nations refugee office in Cambodia’s capital said Monday that they fled their homeland last month because of political persecution, and expressed concern about possible deportation by Cambodian authorities. ...

Tha Kitya

Cambodia turns away montagnard asylum-seekers from Vietnam

Cambodian authorities on Wednesday refused a request for asylum made by nine Vietnamese Montagnards who had traveled to Phnom Penh to ask for help, and whose presence in the country had previously gone unreported. ...

Ratha Visal and Sek Bandit

UN agencies welcome probe into slaying of unionists

The government’s announcement of a new commission to investigate the decade-old murders of members of the Free Trade Union has been welcomed by some and greeted with skepticism by others. On Saturday two UN agencies – the International Labor Organization and the Office of the High ...

Tin Sokhavuth

Six new montagnards seeking refugee status arrive in Cambodia

A new group of six Montagnards from Vietnam have arrived in northeastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province to seek political refuge, as a United Nations team tries to locate and assist other refugees in hiding, a villager who provided shelter to the Montagnards said. The villager, who declined ...

Ratha Visal

Gov’t stands firm on Montagnards

A UN delegation met with Ratanakkiri province’s deputy police chief yesterday afternoon to discuss the fate of 13 Montagnard asylum seekers who have been hiding in the province in recent weeks. The provincial administration, however, has continued to call for the group’s deportation. Deputy police chief ...

Phak Seangly and Alice Cuddy

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