The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) urges the Royal Government of Cambodia to push for full investigation into the case of a Cambodian female worker who was tortured and detained in the illegal gambling establishment she was working for in Thailand. From the 28th of November until the 17th of December 2013 she […]



The sixth series of Universal Periodic Reviews (UPR) Pre-sessions took place in Geneva Switzerland from 26 to 29 November 2013 to discuss the human rights situation of States to be reviewed at the 18th session of the UPR Working Group[1] (UPR Info,2013). A Total of 11 States which are: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, […]

Current news briefings: Land and Natural Resources Rights of Cambodia-December

Current news briefings: Land and Natural Resources Rights of Cambodia December “Officials blames villagers for deforestation” Key word: deforestation, The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Date: December 4th , 2013 Source: The Phnom Penh Post (2013):    “Try Pheap ‘defamers’to see court” Key word: illegal logging, Try Pheap, Sen San, Ouk Sambo Date: […]

Report: Workshop On promoting land rights and law enforcement in Cambodia-Kratie

Report: Workshop On promoting land rights and law enforcement in Cambodia   The workshop on the Land Rights and Law Enforcement of Cambodia organized by the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) was held on November 14th, 2013 in Kratie province. The 5 panels of the workshop consisted of 1. Mr.Horn Siyem: the provincial […]


The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) has been paying close attention to the case of land and housing rights activist Mrs. Yorm Bopha, who was arrested by the Phnom Penh Municipal Police on 04 September 2012. The Municipal Court sentenced her to 3 years in prison on 26 December 2012 under Article 218 of the Cambodian Criminal Code: “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances” and ordered her to pay 30 000 000 riels (7500$) in compensation. Her husband, Mr. Lous Sakhorn was sentenced under the same provision but released on bail.
The Appeal Court heard the appeal of Yorm Bopha over two days on 05 and 14 June 2013. The court rejected her appeal but suspended one year of her sentence.

ADHOC calls on the Supreme Court to drop all charges against Yorm Bopha and release her immediately.

AI Statement: Cambodia: Global call to release Yorm Bopha ahead of Supreme Court appeal

Cambodia must free housing rights activist Yorm Bopha, Amnesty International said as it launched a worldwide campaign for her release just days before the country’s Supreme Court hears her final appeal on 22 November.

“Yorm Bopha is a prisoner of conscience who is behind bars purely because of her human rights activism. She must be freed immediately and unconditionally,” said Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.

“Thousands of our members and supporters around the world are taking action on Yorm Bopha’s behalf, calling on the Cambodian authorities to finally set her free.”

A 30-year old mother of one, Yorm Bopha has been locked up since her arrest in September 2012 on accusations of planning an assault on two men. She was convicted in December last year for “intentional violence with aggravating circumstances,” despite no evidence against her and inconsistent witness testimonies.

Current news briefings:Land and Natural Resources Rights of Cambodia November

November    “Villagers Threaten to Forcibly Resist Eviction” More than 300 villagers resisted to be forcibly evicted by the Try Pheap Company in Preah Vihear Province.   According to the village 1000 hectare is being seized for the rubber plantation by the company. Category:Illegal land grabbing, Land rights Date: November, 4th  , 2013 Source: The Cambodia […]