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.

STATEMENT: Mam Sonando Must Be Released and the Rights of All Journalists and Human Rights Defenders Upheld

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The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) is deeply concerned about the arrest of Beehive radio owner Mam Sonando yesterday at his Phnom Penh home. According to the information received, Mr. Mam faces charges of insurrection and incitement, offenses punishable by up to 20 years in prison (Penal Code, articles 28, 456, 457, 464, 504 and 609). His arrest follows a speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen in which he alleged that Mr. Mam was directly responsible for a secession attempt in Kratie province’s Chhlong district. ADHOC is afraid these charges may be an excuse for silencing a prominent journalist and advocate of democratic rights, and calls on the authorities to immediately release him.

Press Statement on the 10th anniversary of the ICC

Phnom Penh, Monday 2nd July 2012, half-day conference at the Hotel Le Royal – Raffles, Organized by ADHOC

ADHOC is honoured to present different resource speakers taking a look at the general ratification process in Asia & The Pacific to the progress of implementation under the principle of complementarity in harmonizing the national legislation with the crimes under the Rome Statute and its cooperation obligations.

Workshop – 10th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

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On 2 July 2012, Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) convened speakers from various organizations and backgrounds to discuss and present on the fight against impunity and the prevention of mass crimes in Cambodia. The conference took place on the tenth anniversary of the Rome Statute’s entry into force. Speakers were drawn from the ECCC, universities, and the regional office of the Coalition for the ICC.

STATEMENT: The Release of 13 Boeung Kak Lake Residents is a Show Designed to Conceal the Court’s Mistakes

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) has conducted a thorough investigation into, and has been monitoring, the land conflict in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake area, as well as the arrest, detention and sentencing of 13 Boeung Kak Lake female residents by Cambodian courts. […] Even though they were released by the Appeals Court, they were found guilty. This injustice is nothing other than an attempt to conceal the mistakes made by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Towards an Enhanced Understanding of “ASEAN Community 2015” and the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum

Cambodian citizens are not adequately prepared to become members of the “ASEAN Community” in 2015 and do not have sufficient understanding of the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum (APF) and regional issues such as migrant workers. These are the reasons behind the organization of a regional sensitization forum on ASEAN and the APF on 15 June 2012 by the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC). The forum was held at Siem Reap Town Hotel, with the presence of 70 participants representing grassroots communities, the media, and civil society organizations from 5 provinces (Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey).

STATEMENT: Failures of Law Implementation Lead to Injustice towards Boeung Kak Lake Residents

The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) expresses grave concerns over the lack of proper law implementation by the Phnom Penh Municipality and the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in connection with the handling of the Boeung Kak area land conflict. The arrest of peaceful protesters and their sentencing to lengthy prison terms carried with them a whole range of irregularities—a speedy trial; insufficient evidence; and a general failure to uphold defense rights and fair trial guarantees. All of this led to injustice towards the Boeung Kak Lake residents, who both lost their land and homes and were imprisoned.