Category : Adhoc

ADHOC calls for Mid-Term Election to Solve Political Crisis

Phnom Penh, 20 December 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) urges Cambodia’s two main political parties to resume dialogue and embrace an attitude of compromise for the sake of peace and stability in the country. Cambodia has been in a state of political deadlock since the 28 July 2013 elections to the National Assembly. ADHOC welcomes the commitment to peace so far expressed by both parties, as demonstrated not only in words but in the relative lack of political violence in the election and post-election period as compared to previous elections in the country.

ADHOC proposes both sides agree to a mid-term election that can provide a meaningful, lasting, democratic and most importantly peaceful solution to the current stalemate. Few countries have endured the level of political violence as Cambodia and both parties have a duty to ensure they act responsibly so that the country is not again scarred by conflict. ADHOC believes there is significant common ground between the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). This common ground, as outlined below, can and should form the basis for an agreement to hold a mid-term election within a time-frame that is satisfactory to both parties and their supporters.

Since the July election the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) has repeatedly taken to the streets to protest what it perceives as widespread fraud and electoral irregularities. It is now threatening to block major highways. The CNRP has called for major reforms to the National Election Committee (NEC), which it claims is heavily bias toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). CNRP leader Mr. Sam Rainsy and his party argue that they won at least 63 seats in the election, and would have won more had the election been free and fair. The CNRP has put forward three solutions to Cambodia’s deadlock. The first of these is an electoral investigation; the second option is fresh elections and the third and final option is that Prime Minister Hun Sen resigns.


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 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.

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 […]

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.