Category : Press Release and Statement

REPORT: Land Situation in Cambodia in 2013

In May 2012 Prime Minister Hun Sen issued Directive 001 (also known as Order 01BB) on ‘Measures to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of management of economic land concessions (ELCs)’ announcing a moratorium on the granting of new ELCs, the review of existing ELCs and the implementation of the so-called “leopard-skin” (or “tiger-skin”) policy, with […]

ADHOC Condemns Court’s Decision Not to Release Detained Human Rights Defenders, Activists and Workers

Phnom Penh, 11 February 2014 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) condemns the Court’s decision today to continue to detain 21 demonstrators arrested during peaceful demonstrations in early January, 2014. ADHOC provided lawyers to 15 of the 23 people arrested at Yakjin Factory on 02 January 2014 and at the Canadia Industrial Zone on 03 January 2014.

ADHOC urges the Courts to drop all charges against the 23 demonstrators, and to compensate them for the time they have been illegally detained. Citizens of Cambodia have a constitutionally protected right to demonstrate, a right which has been denied through the use of deadly force to crackdown on demonstrators and the ongoing ban on assemblies. Four people have been killed; one young man is missing and scores more have been injured since the start of January. As yet nobody has been held to account for the violence, highlighting the culture of impunity which plagues Cambodia. The use of live ammunition on demonstrators is in breach of international standards of proportionality and has been widely condemned by rights groups and observers.

JOINT STATEMENT: Denunciation of government deadly crackdown on Phnom Penh demonstration

“The killing of demonstrators by government authorities is totally unacceptable,” said FIDH President Karim Lahidji. “The government must use dialogue, not guns and batons, to address workers’ demands and to deal with political dissent,” he added. On January 3, security forces attacked striking workers at Canadia Industrial Park, in southwest Phnom Penh. The area is […]

STATEMENT: ADHOC Condemns the Disproportionate Use of Force Against Protesters

Phnom Penh, 3 January 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) denounces the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force that was used today by the military police against garment workers demanding their wages be doubled, which resulted in the killing of 5 protesters. Following three weeks of peaceful demonstrations, tensions increased yesterday […]

ADHOC Statement: NO SPACE FOR FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY IN ‘FREEDOM’ PARK

Phnom Penh, 09 January 2014 – A group of around 50 gendarme and 20-30 Daun Penh security guards affirmed today when they dispersed a small crowd at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park that the right to freely assemble will not be tolerated in Cambodia’s current political climate. A group of nine Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) youth activist were set to meet this morning to sing songs against violence. The planned meeting comes after the authorities have determined not to allow gatherings of more than 10 people. The youth activists also planned to discuss recent attacks against demonstrators which has left at least 6 people dead and scores injured since July 2013’s contested elections.

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.

CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD PUSH FOR INVESTIGATION INTO CASE OF ABUSED KHMER WORKER IN THAILAND

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 […]