Category : National Partners

STATEMENT: Human Rights Day 2012: All Cambodians Have a Right to Participate in Public Life

Human Rights Day 2012 - 06

On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day 2012, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) and the Cambodian Labour Confederation (CLC) organized a peaceful march this morning from Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium to the capital’s Freedom Park. ADHOC and partner organizations also organized marches in Stung Treng and Kampong Chhnang cities, and supported community-organized events in Battambang, Kampong Speu and Preah Vihear provinces. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December, the day on which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948.

JOINT STATEMENT: Issues and Concerns over Serious Impacts Related to Governance of Land and Natural Resources (7th National Advocacy Conference, 6-7 December 2012)

7th National Advocacy Conference - 01

We, approximately 300 representatives […] and civil society organizations […] in Cambodia would like to make a Joint Statement stemming from the issues identified in the 7th Annual National Advocacy Conference on “Working Together for Good Governance on Land and Natural Resources in Cambodia”, held on 07 December 2012 at the Imperial and Garden Hotel, Phnom Penh.

We, as the communities and civil society organizations from all provinces above in Cambodia compliment the efforts by the Royal Government for good governance of land and natural resources in Cambodia. The 7th Annual National Advocacy Conference raises the issues and recommendations, which reflect the great concerns over serious impacts on the people of Cambodia as follows […]

JOINT ALERT: Three Rights Workers and One Journalist Summonsed to Appear at Ratanakkiri Court on Charges of Incitement

On 1 October 2012, Ou Virak, President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”), Pen Bonnar and Chhay Thy, provincial coordinator and investigator from the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (“ADHOC”), and Radio Free Asia (“RFA”) reporter, Sok Ratha, aka Ratha Visal, were summonsed by the deputy prosecutor at Ratanakkiri Provincial Court to appear for questioning on charges of incitement to commit a crime. The charges were based on a complaint by leading party commune chief Kith Chem and purportedly relate to allegations that the men incited members of an ethnic minority to protest violently against powerful agro-business company, D.M. Group, in 2009.

JOINT STATEMENT: Phnom Penh Court Sentences Independent Radio Station Owner to 20 Years

Mam Sonando on 16 July 2012 at PP Mun. Court

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, condemn the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s shocking conviction of independent radio station owner Mam Sonando today, and the draconian 20-year sentence that he received. At age 70, Sonando is likely to die in prison if he serves his full term.

Sonando, the owner of Beehive radio, was arrested on July 12 on charges that he masterminded a so-called “secessionist movement” in Kratie. Several co-defendants were charged with organizing the movement on the ground. They were all convicted as well, though two of the previously identified “ringleaders” had their sentences suspended, echoing the Prime Minister’s public statement that those who confess would be spared punishment.

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.

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.

Call for peaceful solution to the current conflict at Cambodia-Thailand border

Joint Statement by Civil Society (08-02-2011)

(Khmer version only)