Five Employees of JZR Taken Hostage for Two Hours after Company Began Illegally Clearing Tumpoun People’s Land in Rattanakiri Province

On 21 February, after a private company began bulldozing their farmland, 300 villagers from the Tumpoun minority ethnic group captured five company employees and held them hostage for two hours in Lumphat district, Rattanakiri province.
Jing Zhong Ri Cambodia Co. Ltd. (JZR) claims that it was granted a 70-year, 9,000-hectare concession in Lumphat district for a rubber plantation. According to information gathered by the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) however, the company has not signed any contract with the government. It has only been authorized to conduct an investment study.

Thailand Must Stop Using Disproportionate Force against Cambodian Loggers and Investigate All Killings

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is deeply concerned about the use of disproportionate force against Cambodian citizens crossing the border to perform illicit logging activities in Thailand. Eleven Cambodian loggers have lost their lives in the last two months, in what may amount to extrajudicial killings.

Cambodian Authorities Must Proceed with Investigation of Svay Rieng SEZ Shooting

After three female factory workers were shot on 20 February during a protest at Svay Rieng Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and despite official statements that a suspect was identified, no arrests have been announced so far. Interior Minister Sar Kheng, Provincial Governor Chieng Am and police officials now remain silent about investigation into the shooting.

Factory Workers Shot during a Protest for Higher Wages and Better Working Conditions

Three female factory workers were shot yesterday during a protest at Svay Rieng Special Economic Zone (SEZ). One is in a critical condition and has been transferred to Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital. […] At 7:30am yesterday, thousands of workers from three different factories (Kaoway, Sheico and Kingmaker) gathered to demand higher wages. They also demanded that the companies stop dismissing employees who decline to work on Sundays and public holidays. As company representatives refused to engage in dialogue, the demonstration turned into a riot.

Seven Borei Keila Residents Released but Still Face Criminal Charges based on a Protest Relating to their Forced Eviction

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) welcomes the release of seven Borei Keila residents, including two minors, who were arrested last month after a clash with armed forces, but is concerned about criminal charges brought against them, which may be used to silence opponents to illegal forced evictions.

ADHOC Expresses Concerns over Trial of Three Human Rights Defenders in Preah Vihear Province that will continue on 1 March 2012

Phnom Penh, 16 February 2012 ― The trial of three community representatives opened on 15 February 2012 at Preah Vihear Provincial Court: Mrs. Sath Savouan (44), Mr. Kim Sophal (44) and Mr. Srei Sophan (74) were charged of forgery, incitement and disinformation. A complaint was lodged against them at the instigation of Pen Lim, a high-ranking military official embroiled in a land dispute in Kantout commune, Choam Ksann district, Preah Vihear province. ADHOC provided a lawyer to provide legal advice and to defend the three accused who would otherwise not have been able to afford legal representation. The trial, background and details of which are described below, will continue with a hearing on the 1 March.

Thun Saray TV Show on KRT

Facing justice TV Show, where Thun Saray was speaker.