Statement: ADHOC CONDEMNS THE USE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST BOREI KEILA ACTIVISTS

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) condemns in the strongest terms the use of violence by authorities against civilians exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.

This morning, Borei Keila evictees staged a protest outside City Hall to demand the construction of new houses for 117 families who are still homeless after being evicted on 3 January 2012 by Phan Imex Company – owned by Suy Sophan. In 2004, the company signed a contract with the residents of Borei Keila to build 10 housing blocks for 1,776 families in exchange for their land. The company finished only eight buildings. Phan Imex has begun to build two more blocks on the plot of land reserved for relocation, however they are not meant for evicted Borei Keila residents.

Statement: Rule of Law Must be Respected at Chhouk Bandith’s Appeal

Phnom Penh, 30 October 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) urges the Appeal Court respect rule of law ahead of Mr. Chhouk Bandith’s appeal at 2pm on 31 October 2013. The former Bavet City Governor was sentenced in abstentia in June of this year for firing into a crowd of demonstrating garment factory workers in February 2012. Mr. Bandith was found guilty of causing “unintentional violence” and sentenced to 18 months in jail. He was also ordered to pay 38 million riel to three people injured in the shooting. The sentence handed down to Mr. Bandith was widely condemned as too light and has thus far proved meaningless as he has yet to spend any time behind bars.

STATEMENT BY H.E. TONY KRANH – RGC to Contribute Additional US$1.8 Million to National Side of ECCC

Following the meeting between Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and H.E Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, in Brunei on 10 October 2013, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has announced an additional contribution of US$1.8 Million as bridging funds to the national side of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for 2013. The Prime Minister and the Secretary-General have also appealed to the international community to continue providing assistance for the ECCC, which has continued to work to achieve justice.

ADHOC STATEMENT: Three Protesters injured by the Daun Penh Security Guards at Wat Phnom

Phnom Penh,  18 October 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) condemns the violence and intimidation that was used today against people exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly at Wat Phnom this morning. Youth, monks and community activists were calling for an investigation into the death of […]

REPORT: Workshop On promoting Land Rights and Law Enforcement in Cambodia-Kampong Speu

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The workshop on the Land Rights and Law Enforcement of Cambodia organized by the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) was held on Monday, September 30th, 2013 in Kampong Speu province.  Like the many other provinces, Kampong Speu community has had long lasting but yet resolved land disputes.  Many families have lost their homes […]

Current News briefings: Land and Natural Resources Rights of Cambodia: October

Current news briefings: Land and Natural Resources Rights of Cambodia October 1st  –October 18th, 2013 “Complaint lodged against Commune Chief” Villagers receive death threat by the CPP commune chief in Bakeo district Ratanakkiri province Category: Land Right Date:  October 1st, 2013  Source: The Cambodia Daily (2013): <http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/complaint-lodged-against-commune-chief-44004/>   “Controversial Dam Approved on Cambodia Laos Border” […]

ADHOC STATEMENT: Five Protesters Injured by Authorities at an Event to Mark World Habitat Day 2013

Phnom Penh, 10 October 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is alarmed at the use of force by the authorities during an event to mark World Habitat Day 2013. World Habitat Day is intended to remind the world of its duty to protect the basic right to adequate shelter. This right is protected under Cambodian and international law, but it is routinely violated across the country through forced evictions and land grabs. Protesters were exercising their legitimate rights to freedom of expression and association, and the police should have facilitated the exercise of this right, rather than attempted to suppress it. Instead, three community activists and two monks sustained injuries.