The Right to Remain Silenced Expressive Rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia

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This report outlines the challenges that Cambodian citizens face in exercising their expressive rights, particularly the freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly. It also analyses, where relevant, how the national election – held 28 July 2013 impacted these rights, and provides recommendations for a post-election climate with greater respect for expressive rights.
ADHOC has collected data from across the country to compile this report, in addition to utilizing eyewitness accounts of rights violations seen by ADHOC’s human rights monitors. This report also incorporates information from other local Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs), International NGOs (INGOs) and media reports. This report cannot exhaustively detail the numerous and excessive violations of expressive rights in Cambodia over the past few years, but it refers to nmultiple case studies in an effort to demonstrate the reality of violations of expressive rights on the ground.

On paper, expressive rights are protected in Cambodia under both domestic and international law. Articles 31, 35, 41 and 42 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia guarantee expressive rights for all Cambodian citizens. Cambodia has also an obligation under international law to respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, having
ratified numerous international human rights instruments which explicitly guarantee these rights. The reality, however, is

ADHOC STATEMENT ON HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST CAMBODIAN WOMEN AND GIRLS TRAFFICKED UNDER THE PRETEXT OF MARRIAGE

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Phnom Penh, 30 July 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is deeply concerned over the increasing number of reports of women trafficked abroad under the pretext of marriage, and the human rights abuses they suffer as a result. In the first six months of 2014 ADHOC received a total of 108 […]

ADHOC STATEMENT ON THE EXPULSION OF CAMBODIAN MIGRANT WORKERS FROM THAILAND

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Phnom Penh, 20 June 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is deeply critical of the uncivilized and inhumane manner in which Cambodian migrants have been treated by the Thai military junta as a result of its drive to deport undocumented migrants, which has resulted in serious violations of the rights of […]

ADHOC GRAVELY CONCERNED AT REPORTS OF KILLINGS OF RETURNING CAMBODIANS BY THAI MILITARY

Phnom Penh, 11 June 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is gravely concerned at witness reports to ADHOC investigators of the killing of up to nine Cambodian migrants and the beating of another by the Thai armed forces as part of the Thai military junta’s campaign to expel illegal migrants working […]

REPORT: Land Situation in Cambodia in 2013

In May 2012 Prime Minister Hun Sen issued Directive 001 (also known as Order 01BB) on ‘Measures to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of management of economic land concessions (ELCs)’ announcing a moratorium on the granting of new ELCs, the review of existing ELCs and the implementation of the so-called “leopard-skin” (or “tiger-skin”) policy, with […]

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.