EU must demand an end to persecution of opposition during human rights dialogue

April 29, 2016 – The European Union (EU) must use the upcoming human rights dialogue with Cambodia to demand that authorities stop the harassment, arbitrary arrest, and imprisonment of opposition MPs, members, and their supporters, FIDH and its member organizations, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the Cambodian League for the Promotion […]

Joint Statement: CSOs call upon authorities to immediately cease harassment of human rights defenders

April 29, 2016 – We, the undersigned civil society organisations, strongly condemn the summonsing and interrogation of civil society members for conducting vital and legitimate activities to protect human rights. This amounts to an outrageous misuse of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) as a political tool to attack and intimidate civil society. Seven civil society members […]

JOINT STATEMENT: CSOs welcome the release of Ven Vorn, but condemn his conviction

Phnom Penh, 04 March 2016.  While we, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), welcome the decision made yesterday – 03 March 2016 – by the Koh Kong Provincial Court to suspend the sentence of indigenous community leader and environmental activist Mr. Ven Vorn, we strongly condemn the decision of the judges to convict him, despite the charge […]

Politics and Religions in Southeast Asia

Source: Going to be appointed Supreme Patriarch? 90-year-old abbot Somdet Chuang Partyforumseasia: The Asian Values – Debate of the 1990s is history. It was centered on traditional values like close knit families, group cohesion over individualism, filial piety, and last but not least respect for the authority of political leaders. Religion was not in the […]

What is the strategic value of ASEAN and the ASEAN Regional Forum?

By Paul Dibb, SINCE ASEAN’S CREATION in 1967, it has contributed enormously to regional stability and prosperity. It consists of 10 countries whose populations total over 600 million people. And its economy ranks collectively as the third largest economy in Asia and the seventh largest in the world. In 1994, ASEAN also created another regional organisation […]

Two Migrant Workers Fraud by Agency sold in Malaysia to Recue


ADHOC cooperates with the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia to recue two migrant workers (age 33 and 26) from Prey Veng Province became migrant workers through the recruitment of 168 Manpower Supply Co, LTD on 22 July 2015, who smuggled them via Thailand to Malaysia. When both women learned that Manpower Supply sold them they fled. The Malaysian police […]

ASEAN MPs: Action must follow Sunnylands commitments


Source: JAKARTA, 18 February 2016 – Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today called on ASEAN leaders to make good on commitments included in the Sunnylands Declaration, which was unveiled at the end of this week’s US-ASEAN Summit in California. ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) specifically noted commitments to strengthen democracy, promote and protect human rights, […]