JAKARTA, 14 July 2015 – The Cambodian National Assembly’s passage of the highly controversial Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO) represents a grave threat to independent civil society and constitutes a failure of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to embrace a democratic, consultative approach to policymaking, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today. “The ruling party’s decision to ram this legislation through the National Assembly undermines the fundamentals of a multiparty democratic system,” said APHR Chair
JAKARTA, 8 July 2015 – ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today called on the Cambodian government to abandon its proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO), arguing that the ruling party has pursued a fundamentally undemocratic course in attempting to secure the passage of a law that threatens freedom of association and expression in Cambodia. “Barring major revisions, this law constitutes a clear threat to the fundamental rights of all Cambodians, in direct violation of Cambodia’s obligations under the International Cov
(Sydney, April 30, 2015) – Australia should withdraw plans to send refugees from Nauru to Cambodia in the face of continuing abuses against those already in Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said today. Cambodia should reject its deal with Australia and focus on providing proper protections to the refugees and asylum seekers already on its soil.
A Cambodian academic says the derailment of democracy and coming to power of the junta regime in Thailand sets a bad example for other ASEAN countries.
The Hague, 7 October 2014 – A communication filed at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today alleges that widespread and systematic land grabbing conducted by the Cambodian ruling elite for over a decade amounts to a crime against humanity. The communication contends that senior members of the Cambodian government, its security forces, and government-connected business leaders carried out an attack on the civilian population with the twin objectives of self-enrichment and preservation of power at all costs.
The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) – a coalition of 21 NGOs working on the promotion of Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law in Cambodia deplores the decision of the Thai junta to deport Cambodian migrants en masse and demands that their deportation is carried out in a manner which respects their human rights
Named as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007 by Time magazine, Youk Chhang turned the misfortune and suffering of his childhood under the Khmer Rouge into a documentation centre detailing genocide under the Pol Pot regime which took around 2 million lives.
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and Media Defence Southeast Asia (MD-SEA) are gravely alarmed by the 20-year prison sentence imposed on Mr. Mam Sonando, 70, and owner and director of an independent radio station in Phnom Penh. We believe Mam Sonando is the victim of a grave injustice arising from his consistent opposition to the ruling party, as well as independent broadcasting of social and political issues plaguing the country through his radio station, Beehive (105 mhz. FM).
Verdict a Serious Blow to Freedom of Expression and Judicial Independence as Web of Attacks on Activists and Journalists Widen (Bangkok, 2 October 2012) Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a regional human rights organization representing 49 non-governmental organizations across Asia, strongly condemns the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia for its conviction of independent radio station owner Mam Sonando yesterday, to a 20-year jail sentence for allegedly inciting a purported “secessionist movement” in the Kratie province in Cambodia. The guilty verdict was made despite the lack of credible evidence, bringing to question the political motivations and the independence of the Cambodian judiciary.
(Bangkok, 13 September 2012): Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organisation against Torture), WITNESS, Amnesty International and Freedom House call for the immediate release of land and housing rights activists, Yorm Bopha and Tim Sakmony, who were arrested on 4 September and 5 September, respectively, on dubious charges.