ADHOC Condemns Court’s Decision Not to Release Detained Human Rights Defenders, Activists and Workers

Phnom Penh, 11 February 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) condemns the Court’s decision today to continue to detain 21 demonstrators arrested during peaceful demonstrations in early January, 2014. ADHOC provided lawyers to 15 of the 23 people arrested at Yakjin Factory on 02 January 2014 and at the Canadia Industrial Zone on 03 January 2014.

ADHOC urges the Courts to drop all charges against the 23 demonstrators, and to compensate them for the time they have been illegally detained. Citizens of Cambodia have a constitutionally protected right to demonstrate, a right which has been denied through the use of deadly force to crackdown on demonstrators and the ongoing ban on assemblies. Four people have been killed; one young man is missing and scores more have been injured since the start of January. As yet nobody has been held to account for the violence, highlighting the culture of impunity which plagues Cambodia. The use of live ammunition on demonstrators is in breach of international standards of proportionality and has been widely condemned by rights groups and observers.

Press Statement On Killing and Suicide as a result of Domestic Violence Issues

ADHOC is deeply concerned about the increased rates of death and suicide as a result of domestic violence within families, especially with regard to serious cases of violence that have occurred during the last two months, between December 2013 and January 2014. Therefore, ADHOC would like to appeal to the Royal Government of Cambodia to […]

Press Conference On Challenges of Cambodian Migrants in Thailand, 2013, Especially in the case serious torture and abuse of female migrant workers by Thai Boss

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association, (ADHOC), urges the Royal Government of Cambodia and officials of the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand to investigate and closely monitor the situation of Cambodian migration workers in Thailand. In 2013, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association received complaints requesting intervention in at least 75 cases of abuse […]

Result of ADR Section in 2013

ADHOC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section became operational in 2013 after finalizing a mediation toolkit with financial and technical support by the Tilburg Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Civil Law and Conflict Resolution (TISCO) of Tilburg University in the Netherlands. The goal of the ADR section is to improve access to justice for the Cambodian […]

ADHOC JOINT STATEMENT: Cambodia: Latest crackdown on peaceful dissent further perpetuates impunity and fuels tensions

Cambodia: Latest crackdown on peaceful dissent further perpetuates impunity and fuels tensions   (Bangkok, 28 January 2014): The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a Bangkok-based regional human rights NGO representing 47 member organisations from 16 countries across Asia, registered its strongest condemnation of the Cambodian government’s violent suppression of demonstrators, rights observers […]

ADHOC STATEMENT – ADHOC STRONGLY CONDEMNS CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY

Phnom Penh, 27 January 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) strongly condemns the continued illegal and systematic crackdown on freedom of assembly in Cambodia. At least 10 people were injured, three seriously, by military police and hired thugs this morning when government critic and owner of independent Beehive Radio, Mam Sonando, […]

ADHOC STATEMENT: ADHOC CONDEMNS ILLEGAL DETENTION OF UNION LEADER SOK CHHUN OEUN

Phnom Penh, 20 January 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) condemns the illegal arrest and detention of Mr. Sok Chhun Oeung – the Vice President of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) – at Phnom Penh’s riverside yesterday afternoon. Mr. Chhun Oeung was released today having been questioned by police in the capital. Mr. Chhun Oeung had organized a rally demanding the release of IDEA President Vorn Pao, arrested on 02 January 2014. The arrest of Mr. Chunn Oeung raised the tally to 24 people arrested in a government crackdown against garment workers asking for a raise to the minimum wage. A further five people have been killed. ADHOC urges the international community to join it in reminding the government that freedom of assembly is fundamental in a democracy and that the arbitrary arrest of a union leader is contrary to international standards which protect this right.