JOINT PRESS RELEASE: Cambodia – The ECCC funding crisis must be swiftly resolved

The Government of Cambodia and the international community should immediately work to resolve the funding crisis of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in order to effectively complete the proceedings against former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea, and respect the rights of victims to justice and reparation, according to […]

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.

JOINT STATEMENT: An Evaluation of the Whole Process of the National Election 2013: “Need for Integrity and Justice in the Election”

The Situation Room coalition of CSOs has evaluated the process and the administration of the whole National Assembly Elections for the 5th Mandate (“the Elections”), pre, during and post-Election period, as “Not Yet Free and Not Yet Fair” regardless, as compared to previous elections, of a decrease of serious violence, the absence of killings of political activists or politicians and the active participation of youths in the electoral campaigns.
Fairness and integrity in the Election has decreased. Previous elections organized by the National Election Committee (“NEC”) were deemed to be below the international standards of free and fair elections but in this Election key problems had not been properly addressed and affected the process and administration of the Election

JOINT STATEMENT: Cambodia: Respect the Right to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

As the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) prepares to hold a peaceful “meditative” assembly on 7 September 2013 to demand an independent investigation into what it alleges are irregularities, including fraud, around the national election of 28 July, the undersigned non-governmental organizations and civil society groups make the following statement:

The Cambodian government, armed forces and police should not discourage or prevent people from enjoying the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, whether through threats, intimidation or the use of unlawful force. Instead, it is the authorities’ obligation to make possible the full exercise of this right, which is guaranteed in Cambodia’s Constitution and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Cambodia is a state party. This positive obligation includes ensuring the safety and security of the organizers and of the participants in assemblies. At the same time, the right to freedom of peaceful assembly does not imply a right to commit human rights abuses against others.

STATEMENT: ADHOC Condemns Harassment of NGO Worker and Obstruction of Rights of Boeung Kak Lake Protesers

Phnom Penh, 04 September 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) condemns the harassment of Mr. Vann Sophath – Land Reform Coordinator at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) – and the obstruction to the legitimate right to freedom of assembly of the Boeung Kak Lake community by the Phnom Penh Municipal Police this morning.

Mr. Vann Sophath is a respected human rights worker who has been active in the protection and promotion of human rights in Cambodia since 1994. He was attempting to transport campaign materials such as T-shirts and lotus flowers in CCHR’s car for protesters from Phnom Penh’s forcibly evicted Boeung Kak Lake community. The protesters were set to march from their homes to pray at Wat Phnom to mark the anniversary of the detention of Mrs. Yorm Bopha, a land rights activist who was arrested, tried and imprisoned last year on charges widely regarded as spurious. They then planned to continue their march to the Supreme Court to demand it hear her case. The police prevented community members from going to Wat Phnom and the Supreme Court until later in the morning.

STATEMENT: Ratanakiri Court Sanctions Impunity in the Murder of Journalist Heng Serei Odoum

Phnom Penh, 30 August 2013 – The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses its deep concerns over the decision by the Ratanakiri provincial court on 28 August 2013 to drop the charges against two people accused of killing journalist Heng Serei Oudom- Mr. An Bunheng and his wife Mrs. Srim Srey Vy. Mr. An Bunheng is a military police officer in the province. The police concluded that Mr. Heng Serei Oudom was murdered at the house of the accused.

Mr. Heng Serei Oudom – a journalist for the Vorakchun Khmer newspaper – went missing on 09 September 2012. He had recently written articles criticizing military police officers for taking part in illegal logging activities in the province. ADHOC has investigated the murder scene and subsequent two trials of the accused and found a number of shortcomings in the proceedings.
The first hearing occurred under Judge Mr. Y Sovann on 04 January 2013. The court decided that critical evidence in the case – the claim by one of the witnesses to have heard voices and sounds of the perpetrators at the murder scene; and the phone records of the victim and the accused – must be considered. This critical evidence had not been included in the preliminary investigation, despite the fact that Article 95 of the Criminal Procedure Code provides for technical or scientific examination.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Tool Implementation

ADHOC’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) section is supported by Oxfam Novib and the European Union. Technical assistance is provided by Tilberg University. In the period January 2013 – July 2013, ADHOC used the ADR tool to mediate in minor conflicts at the grassroots in 79 cases. 19 cases relating to land conflicts 6 relating to […]