Category : National Partners

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.

Bittersweet Harvest: Report Released by Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International (IDI) on the EBA Initiative and Cambodia’s Sugar Industry

A European Union (EU) trade initiative intended to reduce poverty in the world’s poorest countries has driven thousands of Cambodian farming families into destitution and led to serious human rights violations, Equitable Cambodia and Inclusive Development International (IDI) said in a report released Tuesday.

CHRAC STATEMENT: Civil Society Expresses Regret of the Recent Death of the Accused, Ieng Sary, Along the Way to Justice

The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), a coalition of 21 NGOs members, deeply regret to learn the death of one of the ECCC’s accused, Mr. Ieng Sary, at age of 87 due to his poor health at Cambodia-Soviet Friendship Hospital in the morning of 14th March 2013.

CHRAC is of the view that the death of the accused Ieng Sary represents a loss of a witness of the Khmer Rouge regime who was personally involved in the crimes and atrocities committed during the Democratic Kampuchea era between 1975 and 1979 as described in the Closing Order of the tribunal’s Co-Investigating Judges. The loss will not only impact on the Khmer Rouge historical record, it will also have a negative impact on the efforts to seek justice and closure for many civil parties, victims and ordinary Cambodians who have been personally participating in the ECCC process in their demand for justice against the accused.

CHRAC STATEMENT: The ECCC at the Cross Road: Obligations to Ensure Road to Justice Completely Achieved

The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC)—a coalition of 21 NGO members—is very concerned at the pending unsolved financial shortfall at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), particularly on the national side, by the responsible authorities and the slow judicial developments of Cases at the tribunal.

The recent boycott by the ECCC’s Translation Unit staff and the previous statements released by the Office of Administration have demonstrated that the lack of fund continues to become a major concern and will negatively affect the performance and commitment by the employees working at the tribunal. It seems that on one hand the tribunal is now at the cross-road of facing both serious financial crisis and of addressing the efficiency and effectiveness of the current trials. On the other hand, the deteriorating and fragile health problem of the accused: Ieng Sary (87 years old), Nuon Chea (86 years old) and Khieu Samphan (81 years old), have frequently been unable to attend the scheduled hearings since the trials started in late 2009.

JOINT STATEMENT: Cambodian Civil Society Concerned at Appeal Court’s Decision to Reinvestigate Charges Against Chhouk Bandith at Provincial Court

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, welcome the decision by the Cambodian Court of Appeal today to reopen criminal charges against former Bavet City Governor, Chhouk Bandith. However, we are concerned that the investigation will take place under the jurisdiction of Svay Rieng Provincial Court, which has proven once before that it may be susceptible to political pressure exerted by Mr. Bandith and his supporters. Given the evidence, we welcome the prospect of new investigation. This process should be transparent and offer guarantees of independence and rights of the defense if it is to provide justice for the victims and demonstrate that the rich and powerful cannot act with impunity when accused of grave crimes.

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT: Situation of Land/Housing Rights and Activists in 2012 and the Way Forward

Press conference 23 Jan. 2013

The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), the NGO Forum on Cambodia (NGOF) and the Housing Rights Task Force (HRTF), as well as community representatives, today called for sustainable and inclusive land and housing reforms, in a media conference at which issues such as forced evictions, the impact of landlessness and the position of land and housing activists in Cambodia were discussed.

They called on the Royal Government of Cambodia to take measures to support Cambodia’s poor and vulnerable people in regard to land and housing improvements.