Death by Association

Despite unprecedented numbers taking to the streets to demand a better future, union rights continue to take a battering in Cambodia By Chak Sopheap, published on September issue of Southeast Asia Globe. The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) recently found Cambodia to be one of the worst countries in the world for labour and union rights. Only… Continue reading Death by Association

Human rights, lest we forget

July 2014 Human Rights Spotlight: Human rights, lest we forget (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 29 July 2014) Mam Sonando (centre), the owner of the independent Beehive radio station and a prominent government critic, and other activists run as military police officers disperse a demonstration in Phnom Penh in January.… Continue reading Human rights, lest we forget

Things impress me in Sweden

One thing that many of us may aware about Sweden is the Nobel Prize—known as the legacy of Sweden’s Alfred Nobel (1833–1896). However, after my second trip, I have more to tell than the impression I made during my first trip and I hope this will reflect to Cambodian context where we could learn. Educating… Continue reading Things impress me in Sweden

When justice is a prisoner

May 2014 Human Rights Spotlight: When justice is a prisoner (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 06 June 2014) 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 When justice is a prisoner Fri,… Continue reading When justice is a prisoner

A Need for an Open and Transparent Legislation and Judiciary Reform in Cambodia

April 2014 Human Rights Spotlight: A Need for an Open and Transparent Legislation and Judiciary Reform in Cambodia Cambodians are observing the in-depth reform promised by the ruling government—formed according to election result that has been contested by the opposition party who has now still boycotted the national assembly since September 2013 when the first… Continue reading A Need for an Open and Transparent Legislation and Judiciary Reform in Cambodia

Quote for human rights and lives

Recently I was quoted in an article tiling “What’s the Price of Workers’ Lives in Cambodia?” by Anne Elizabeth Moore, a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, a Fulbright scholar, and the author of several award-winning non-fiction books. The article touches upon recent violent crackdown by government on the demonstrations… Continue reading Quote for human rights and lives

Cambodian Political Deadlock: A Trend or An Excuse?

Since the election on 28 July 2013—when we witnessed a changing trend among Cambodians in political sphere which political debate and question on political parties for a concrete policy was raised and never so in the history—the uncertainty of how political resolution around the election result has continued. The problem continued at the controversy of… Continue reading Cambodian Political Deadlock: A Trend or An Excuse?

Transformation Thinkers Conference: Lessons Learned

Transformation Thinkers Conference: Lessons Learned ? Bertelsmann Future Challenges. Transformation Thinkers Conference: Lessons Learned Thursday, 27 September 2012 / Chak Sopheap Tags: democracy, transformation Regions: Cambodia, Germany The?Berlin Wall and?ThePianist (2002), a biographical war drama film were? my primary sources of information about Germany since 2003, derived? from my bachelors study in International Relations- war… Continue reading Transformation Thinkers Conference: Lessons Learned

Burma VJ: people power vs repressive military junta

The world were quickly aware of the historical and dramatic days of September 2007 in Burma where the Saffron Revolution unexpectedly began after 19 year silence. We all mobilized and joint the solidarity cause for Burma. A group of Cambodian rights activists, net-citizens, and ordinary people wearing red-shirt gathered to protest in front of Burmese… Continue reading Burma VJ: people power vs repressive military junta