Cambodia scrapping Human Rights Day is a worrying sign of the times

This year is the first time since 1993 that International Human Rights Day will not be a public holiday in Cambodia, with its symbolic shunning a sign of the wider deterioration of human rights and democracy in the Kingdom says CCHR executive director Chak Sopheap CHAK SOPHEAP DECEMBER 10, 2020 Published on the Southeast Asia… Continue reading Cambodia scrapping Human Rights Day is a worrying sign of the times

‘An all-time low’: Cambodia’s search for peace and democracy continues

Cambodia has undergone a shrinking of democratic space and human rights in recent years, with this gathering pace again with the arrest of Rong Chhun and other activists in recent months. This Democracy Day, CCHR’s Chak Sopheap marks the occasion by outlining where the Kingdom is going wrong CHAK SOPHEAP SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 Published on… Continue reading ‘An all-time low’: Cambodia’s search for peace and democracy continues

Cambodia’s culture of victim-blaming can be ignored no longer

Cambodian Center for Human Rights executive director Chak Sopheap explains how the Cambodian government’s big promises on women’s rights don’t align with reality – and what must be done CHAK SOPHEAP MARCH 11, 2020 Published on the Southeast Asia Globe On March 8, Cambodia celebrated International Women’s Day, as we have for the last 25… Continue reading Cambodia’s culture of victim-blaming can be ignored no longer

Putting Cambodia back on track

By Sopheap Chak Published on Southeast Asia Globe on SEPTEMBER 24, 2019 A Cambodian protester holds a portrait of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen during a protest outside the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The residents from Kratie province gathered to protest, calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen… Continue reading Putting Cambodia back on track

On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2019, we celebrate Cambodia’s Indigenous Peoples’ rights

By Sopheap Chak Published on Sithi on August 8, 2019 CCHR met with local communities and Indigenous People in Kratie Province in March 2019 to get an update on their challenging experiences with the issue of land dispute. On the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we wish to jointly celebrate… Continue reading On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples 2019, we celebrate Cambodia’s Indigenous Peoples’ rights

On World Press Freedom Day, we call for protection of journalists and a free press in South East Asia and across the world

By Sopheap Chak Published on Sithi on May 3, 2019 Throughout Southeast Asia, too many journalists face risks as a result of their profession, including violence, harassment, and criminal charges. This is despite the fact that states are obligated to prevent, protect against, and prosecute attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, and uphold freedom… Continue reading On World Press Freedom Day, we call for protection of journalists and a free press in South East Asia and across the world

The 70th anniversary of UDHR: What does this mean for civil society in Cambodia?

As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December, Human Rights Day, we will doubtless reflect on the many ways that the historic and universal rights enshrined in its provisions line up with recent developments in Cambodia. The UDHR is the mother of countless human rights treaties, resolutions and international… Continue reading The 70th anniversary of UDHR: What does this mean for civil society in Cambodia?

Never Forget Kem Ley

written by CHAK Sopheap, Executive Director, Cambodian Center For Human Rights  It was a very relaxing and fresh morning in Sihanoukville. I was driving down a road that ran alongside a peaceful beach with my husband. Suddenly, the phone rang, and I picked it up. It was my colleague, which worried me because I knew… Continue reading Never Forget Kem Ley

Cambodia must restore political dialogue and cooperation

Adhoc officials Ny Sokha (right) and Yi Soksan are escorted out of a police vehicle at the Supreme Court, where their appeal for bail was denied last month in Phnom Penh. Several political crises have escalated in recent weeks, causing many to question the Kingdom’s capacity to hold a free and fair election. Hong Menea… Continue reading Cambodia must restore political dialogue and cooperation

Standing with civil society in Cambodia

People protest at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court earlier this month after members of civil society were detained and charged. Pha Lina (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 11 May 2016) Chak Sopheap Nearly 25 years ago, history was made with the signing of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements, which aimed to… Continue reading Standing with civil society in Cambodia