STATEMENT: Journalist Daniel Lainé Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court confirmed yesterday the verdict pronounced against French reporter Daniel Lainé in 2010 and sentenced him to seven years imprisonment for sex trafficking. However, it is widely believed that Mr. Lainé, who is currently in France, has been targeted for his investigative work into sex tourism and sex trafficking in Cambodia. The trial, which took place on 10 January and which the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) monitored, only served to demonstrate the absence of credible evidence against Mr. Lainé. He may have been a victim of judicial persecution for informing the public about sex trafficking and painting a “bad” image of Cambodia.

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS’ REPORTS

Links to reports by Amnesty International, APRODEV, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Now, Human Rights Watch and OHCHR.

REGIONAL PARTNERS’ REPORTS

Links to reports by Forum-Asia and partners.

NATIONAL PARTNERS’ REPORTS

Links to reports by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), Equitable Cambodia, the Housing Rights Task Force, LICADHO and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT).

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: Situation of Land/Housing Rights and Activists in 2012 and the Way Forward

Press conference 23 Jan. 2013

The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) and the Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), as well as community representatives, today called for sustainable and inclusive land and housing reforms, in a media conference at which issues such as forced evictions, the impact of landlessness and the position of land and housing activists in Cambodia were discussed.

They called on the Royal Government of Cambodia to take measures to support Cambodia’s poor and vulnerable people in regard to land and housing improvements.

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