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.

Statment: ADHOC Concerned over Politically Motivated Harassment, Arrests and Detention of Opposition Activists

Phnom Penh, 08 October 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is deeply concerned at the numerous reports it has received from people who have been intimidated and harassed when attempting to exercise their legitimate rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly. Since the national elections on 28 July 2013 – alongside instances of violence, electoral fraud and other well-documented electoral irregularities – ADHOC has received reports of supporters of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) targeted for intimidation, arrest and detention by the authorities.

This is in contrast to the inaction of the authorities with regards to the death of Mr. Mao Sok Chan and the many others injured on Phnom Penh’s Kbal Thnal overpass on 15 September 2013. The Phnom Penh authorities have yet to launch an investigation into the murder of this young man, while provincial authorities seem quick to arrest and detain opposition activists.

Despite Concerns, ADHOC Welcomes The Human Rights Council’s Decision to Renew the Mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) welcomes the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia.

Mr. Surya Subedi, as the longest-serving of Cambodia’s five Special Rapporteurs for human rights, utilized his mandate to highlight issues such as Economic Land Concessions (ELCs), and judicial and electoral reform.

Military-Workers Standoff Resolved Peacefully in Phnom Penh.

On 27 September 2013, garment factory workers from the SL-factory marched in Phnom Penh and met with the council of ministers regarding an ongoing labor dispute with factory bosses. The demonstrators intended to petition at the Prime Minister’s House, to highlight their poor working conditions.

Their protest was met with a massive display of force by the authorities, with ADHOC monitors estimating over 1000 police and military police present.

Joint Statement on the Release of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun

Phnom Penh, 25 September 2013 – The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) and Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) today applaud the decision by the Supreme Court to release Mr. Born Samnang and Mr. Sok Sam Oeun, who have spent more than four and a half years in prison to date for a crime they did not commit. The two were convicted in August 2005 of the murder of Mr. Chea Vichea, leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia (FTUWKC), who was gunned down in broad daylight in central Phnom Penh on the 22 January 2004.

ADHOC Endorses Joint Public Statement – Cambodia’s Government and Donors Must Act Now to Prevent Escalation of Violence

Cambodia’s government and donors must act now to prevent escalation of violence

Gravely concerned at the Cambodian authorities’ repeated use of excessive force to prevent and suppress the people’s exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, the undersigned non-governmental organizations and civil society groups call on the Cambodian and foreign governments to take immediate action to prevent the human rights situation from deteriorating further.