On Friday, September 9, ten major international human rights NGOs sent a joint letter raising serious concerns about the draft law on associations and NGOs in Cambodia to the heads of 17 UN agencies, copied to the UN agencies' offices in Cambodia.
Government officials and police yesterday [Sept 7] disrupted a human rights training session provided by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and the Natural Resource Protection Group (NRPG), and threatened to arrest the organisers. The training was organised for communities affected by the clearing of Prey Lang forest. This is the second time within a month that human rights training events organised by CCHR and NRGP have been disrupted by the authorities.
Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that a UN-backed special tribunal that is trying former Khmer Rouge leaders for war crimes has started contempt of court proceedings against Voice of America’s Khmer-language service for allegedly revealing confidential information about a new case against the Khmer Rouge.
Legacy of Mass Murder, Impunity Still Echoes 30 Years On (New York, June 24, 2011) – The four Khmer Rouge leaders who go on trial on June 27, 2011, should have been brought to justice decades ago, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial follows years of obstruction by the Cambodian prime minister, Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander.
On 26 April, Thai army spokesperson Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd spoke on a Channel 3 news programme about military clashes on the Thai-Cambodian border in Surin, saying that the Thai army was not on the defensive, and it hit back harder every time Cambodian troops fired at Thai soldiers.
NONG KUN NA, 27 April 2011 (IRIN) - In the Thai village of Nong Kun Na along the disputed border with Cambodia, security forces are digging in, building bunkers and training volunteers to act as defence guards.
A Cambodian nongovernment organiฌsation claims that at least 10 Cambodian civilians had been shot dead while hunting for food or logging in the forested mountains on the ThaiCambodian border last year and early this year.
The latest statement from Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in relation to posting Indonesian observers at the disputed area near Preah Vihear Temple clearly reflects that it is the military, not the government, that controls Thailand's foreign policy toward Cambodia.
Revised Draft Does Not Address Rights Concerns (Bangkok, April 7, 2011) – Cambodia’s draft law regulating associations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should be abandoned because it will undermine rather than promote civil society in the country, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Forum-Asia, Global Witness, Southeast Asia Press Alliance, Frontline Defenders, and FIDH and OMCT within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders said today. On April 6, a total of 62 international organizations working in Cambodia called upon the country’s international donors to make strong public and private statements opposing passage of a law that poses the most significant threat to the country’s civil society in many years.
Siem Reap - Sitting amidst a group of 40 journalists, 56-year-old Hang Chakra shares his views on why it is important for the Cambodian government to recognise and respect the rights of individuals, and especially the media, to freedom of expression.