Category : Adhoc

STATEMENT: Citation for ADHOC’s Senior Investigator Illustrates the Intimidation of Cambodian Human Rights Defenders

Chan Soveth

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses its deepest concern over the citation issued by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on 9 August 2012. Mr. Chan Soveth, senior investigator and Deputy Head of ADHOC’s Human Rights Monitoring Section, is summonsed to appear before Investigating Judge Chhe Virak on 24 August. He is accused of “providing assistance to the perpetrator” of a crime, an offense punishable by one to three years in prison pursuant to article 544 of the Cambodian Criminal Code.

JOINT STATEMENT: Continued Disruption of Community Empowerment Activities Organized by Human Rights Groups

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) condemn the disruption of a training session on land rights jointly organized in Rattanakiri province this morning. ADHOC and CCHR call on all public authorities to put an end to intimidation of human rights workers and to comply with Cambodia’s obligations by upholding citizens’ rights to free expression and assembly.

STATEMENT: Mam Sonando Must Be Released and the Rights of All Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Upheld

Siv channa06

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is deeply concerned about the arrest of Beehive radio owner Mam Sonando yesterday at his Phnom Penh home. According to the information received, Mr. Mam faces charges of insurrection and incitement, offenses punishable by up to 20 years in prison (Penal Code, articles 28, 456, 457, 464, 504 and 609). His arrest follows a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen in which he alleged that Mr. Mam was directly responsible for a secession attempt in Kratie province’s Chhlong district. ADHOC is afraid these charges may be an excuse for silencing a prominent journalist and advocate of democratic rights, and calls on the authorities to immediately release him.

STATEMENT: The Release of 13 Boeung Kak Lake Residents is a Show Designed to Conceal the Court’s Mistakes

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) has conducted a thorough investigation into, and has been monitoring, the land conflict in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake area, as well as the arrest, detention and sentencing of 13 Boeung Kak Lake female residents by Cambodian courts. […] Even though they were released by the Appeals Court, they were found guilty. This injustice is nothing other than an attempt to conceal the mistakes made by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

STATEMENT: Failures of Law Implementation Lead to Injustice towards Boeung Kak Lake Residents

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses grave concerns over the lack of proper law implementation by the Phnom Penh Municipality and the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in connection with the handling of the Boeung Kak area land conflict. The arrest of peaceful protesters and their sentencing to lengthy prison terms carried with them a whole range of irregularities—a speedy trial; insufficient evidence; and a general failure to uphold defense rights and fair trial guarantees. All of this led to injustice towards the Boeung Kak Lake residents, who both lost their land and homes and were imprisoned.

JOINT STATEMENT: The Culture of Impunity and Violence Must Stop

Following the recent shootings, evictions and arrests, in particular relating to citizens and activists defending land, labor and natural resources rights, 139 Cambodian and international civil society organizations issue a Joint Statement on Impunity and Violence.

STATEMENT: Cambodian Authorities Must Put an End to the Cycle of Violence Related to Land and Natural Resources Rights

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) strongly condemns the shooting dead of a 14-year old girl yesterday, relating to a long-standing land dispute in Kratie province. Heng Chentha was fatally wounded by armed forces in Broma village, Kampong Domrey commune, Chhlong district, as villagers were protesting in Snuol district against forced eviction from the homes and farmland they had occupied for years. Cambodian authorities claim that the disputed land is state-owned; however, evidence suggests that it may have been granted as a concession to Casotim, a Russian company which plans to set up a rubber plantation.