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 […]

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Video: Light of Justice

Mr. Latt Ky

A documentary produced by DMC (Department of Media and Communication), focuses on the Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge history, and the role of ADHOC in supporting the victims and current civil parties before the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia in its current Khmer Rouge Tribunal justice project. This documentary provides series of testimonies from Civil […]

Statement: CHRAC Demands Investigation into Violent Crackdown Against SL-Garment Factory Workers.

Phnom Penh, 12 November 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) – a coalition of 21 NGOs working in the field of the promotion Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law in the Kingdom of Cambodia– deplores the excessive use of force by the authorities this morning at a demonstration by workers from the Singaporean owned SL-Garment factory – which makes clothes for clothing giants Gap and H&M. Tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets and live rounds were fired to disperse the workers, after demonstrators and police threw rocks at each other in Stung Meanchey District, Phnom Penh. Mrs. Em Sokorm, 49, a local rice vendor was shot dead around 9:30am. Numerous others were injured and early reports to the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) suggest that at least 27 people have been arrested, including monks and youths living at the Stung Meanchey Pagoda.

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.