Two Human Rights Defenders Arrested as They Were Assisting Citizens to File a Petition against Land Rights Violations

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) urges Cambodian authorities to release Mr. Oum Mean and Mr. Heng Eang, two human rights defenders who were arrested this morning in Rattanakiri province as they were assisting citizens to file a petition against land rights violations.

Cambodian Authorities Must Immediately Arrest Former Bavet City Governor Chhuk Bundith

Although former Bavet City Governor Chhuk Bundith confessed that he was the gunman who shot three female workers on 20 February during a protest at Svay Rieng Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Provincial Prosecutor Hing Bunchea allowed him to go free after questioning yesterday. Given the seriousness of the crime and the risks of interference with the victims and witnesses, Cambodian authorities must immediately arrest Chhuk Bundith and place him in detention while investigating the case.

Soum Chankea Still Faces Legal Proceedings following ADHOC’s Intervention in a Case Involving a Well-Connected Official

As Soum Chankea, the organisation’s Provincial Coordinator at its Banteay Meanchey office, was questioned by the Prosecutor yesterday, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses deep concern about potential charges being brought against him. The Prosecutor has made no decision as of yet, but investigation into the case continues.

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River Communities Defend their Rights and Protest against a Mega Hydro-Electric Dam Project in Stung Treng Province

Early on 28 February 2012, communities living along two rivers affected by a mega hydro-electric dam project in Stung Treng province gathered to perform a religious ritual and peacefully protest against the project. The Lower Se​ San 2 Dam is planned to be built by Electricity of Vietnam on the Se San river. It will severely affect the livelihoods and lifestyle of communities living along the Se San and Srey Pork rivers, displace them from ancestral land, and flood thousands of hectares of forest and farmland.

ADHOC Provide Material Assistance to Flood Victims in remote area of Dang Kambeth Commune, Sandan District Kampong Thom Province

The poorest flood victims living in five villages in Dang Kambeth Commune, Sandan District, Kampong Thom Province (Prey Lang area), had material assistance distributed to them on 28th February 2012 by a team of ADHOC employees. The assistance was bought with donations from Cambodian people in Canada to provide food to the flood victims and the poorest families. A total of 334 families were reached by this donation.

Convicted Villager May Have Been the Victim of a Plot in a Case Involving Local Police Officers in Prey Veng Province

As the Prey Veng Provincial Court issued a judgment on 29 February 2012 in a case involving Chhorn Ny, a 47-year old villager, and local policemen, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is concerned about several issues regarding the case. Chhorn Ny was given a one-year suspended sentence and a one million riel fine for disorderly conduct and attempted assault on a police officer, but he may have been the victim of a plot.