Calls for Justice continues and In Memory of Kem Ley

Kem Ley is most commonly described as a political analyst. Though accurate, this description feels insufficient to capture the work he did, the people he engaged, the bravery he showed, and the message he sent to Cambodians everywhere. Kem Ley was unshaking in his commitment to the truth. He did not let fear or bias… Continue reading Calls for Justice continues and In Memory of Kem Ley

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

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

Imperfect pact: remembering the Paris Peace Agreement

From left: Khmer Rouge factions leaders Im Chuun Lin, Cambodian Premier Hun Sen, Dith Munty, Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Ieng Mouly and Khieu Samphan applaud after signing the treaty that ended decades of civil war in Cambodia on October 23, 1991, in Paris. AFP Fri, 23 October 2015 Chak Sopheap On this day 24 years… Continue reading Imperfect pact: remembering the Paris Peace Agreement

When Justice is a Prisoner

Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association president Vorn Pov speaks from inside a police truck as it enters Phnom Penh Municipal Court last month. Heng Chivoan Fri, 6 June 2014 Chak Sopheap In January, the government engaged in a violent crackdown on growing labour and opposition protests in and around Phnom Penh, resulting in the… Continue reading When Justice is a Prisoner

What direction is civil society space taking in Cambodia?

Opposition vice president Kem Sokha shakes hands with Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Senate in July last year. Heng Chivoan (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 21 April 2015) As Cambodians return from celebrating the New Year, new threats to democracy and fundamental freedoms seem to be in the air.… Continue reading What direction is civil society space taking in Cambodia?

Cambodia needs to prioritise access to information law

(published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 18 February 2015) Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wearing Guy Fawkes masks, stand outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2012. AFP Cambodia needs to prioritise access to information law Over the past few weeks, the government has repeatedly asserted its intention to introduce a… Continue reading Cambodia needs to prioritise access to information law

Will 2015 be a year of change for Cambodia’s land rights crisis?

(published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 30 December 2014) Boeung Kak Lake activist Nget Khun, calls to community members from a window at Phnom Penh Municipal Court last month after she was detained by authorities.Vireak Mai   Earlier this month, in Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, I sat… Continue reading Will 2015 be a year of change for Cambodia’s land rights crisis?

Political judiciary versus an independent judiciary in Cambodia

(published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 21 November 2014) Monks, activists and supporters take part in a protest at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison earlier this week to demand the release of 17 imprisoned activists, monks and opposition members. Vireak Mai Political judiciary versus an independent judiciary in Cambodia Fri, 21… Continue reading Political judiciary versus an independent judiciary in Cambodia