Update: The Verdict in Mam Sonando’s Case Will Be Announced on 1st October 2012

Mam Sonando’s trial ended today at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The verdict is due on 1 October 2012. Mam Sonando will remain in pre-trial detention until then.

Killing of a Journalist in Rattanakiri Province

On 11 September 2012, ADHOC’s office in Rattanakiri province received reliable information from Mr. Joun Phin Dara according to which a reporter working with the local newspaper Virakchun Khmer, Mr. Hang Serei Oddom, had disappeared.
ADHOC staff immediately started investigating and sought intervention with Mr. Em Vunn, head of Banlung police, to find out about the reporter’s whereabouts. At 12pm, the authorities located Hang Serei Oddom’s car at Savay Channty garden, Touy village, Ja Ong commune, Orchum district, about 3 kilometers away from town. Hang Serei Oddom was found dead in the trunk.

Mam Sonando’s Trial Began Yesterday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court

The trial of Mam Sonando, President of the Democrats Association and owner of Beehive radio station (FM 105), began yesterday at Phnom Penh Municipal Court. Mam Sonando faces charges related to a so-called “secessionist plot” in Kratie province, including insurrection and incitement, which could carry a sentence of up to 30 years imprisonment. Mam Sonando, who is 71, voluntarily returned to Cambodia to defend himself. He has been seriously ill while in pre-trial detention and was denied bail on two occasions.

Press Release – French Embassy in Phnom Penh / Visite de l’Ambassade de France à Kampong Chhnang – Programme d’aide juridictionnelle de l’ONG ADHOC

[Statement in French] Le Chargé d’affaires de l’Ambassade de France s’est rendu, mercredi 22 août, dans la province de Kampong Chhnang, à l’invitation du bureau local de l’ONG ADHOC. Il souhaitait observer sur le terrain les progrès du programme d’aide juridictionnelle aux victimes actuellement financé par le fonds social de développement de l’Ambassade. Le programme de visite a permis des échanges avec l’équipe provinciale d’ADHOC et les avocats qui assurent cette aide juridictionnelle. Le Chargé d’affaires a aussi pu s’entretenir avec différents bénéficiaires de ce programme, victimes d’abus sexuels, de trafics d’êtres humains ou en conflits sur des questions foncières.

Update: Ieng Thirith’s Fitness to Stand Trial

Last week experts testified regarding the fitness to stand trial of Ieng Thirith, former Minister of Social Affairs under the Khmer Rouge regime. The expert testimony comes after a previous ruling by the Trial Chamber that she was unfit to stand trial and should be released on 17 November 2011.  However, this decision was later […]

STATEMENT: Questioning Postponed in Chan Soveth’s Case

Phnom Penh, 23 August 2012 — The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) has just been informed that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court agreed to delay the questioning of Mr. Chan Soveth, Deputy Head of its Monitoring Section No new date has been set. His lawyers requested such a delay on 22 August 2012. Therefore, there will be no gathering in front of the court on 24 August.

STATEMENT: Citation for ADHOC’s Senior Investigator Illustrates the Intimidation of Cambodian Human Rights Defenders

Chan Soveth

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses its deepest concern over the citation issued by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on 9 August 2012. Mr. Chan Soveth, senior investigator and Deputy Head of ADHOC’s Human Rights Monitoring Section, is summonsed to appear before Investigating Judge Chhe Virak on 24 August. He is accused of “providing assistance to the perpetrator” of a crime, an offense punishable by one to three years in prison pursuant to article 544 of the Cambodian Criminal Code.