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

Human rights in Cambodia

People march along a road in Kampong Speu’s Samrong Tong district earlier this week in the lead up to International Human Rights Day. LICADHO Thu, 10 December 2015 Chak Sopheap Amid the high-profile human rights violations and chaos that characterise the current political climate in Cambodia, it may seem somewhat bizarre that we observe a… Continue reading Human rights in Cambodia

Curtailing civil society in the Kingdom

Activists and members of civil society march through the streets of Phnom Penh on International Labour Day in 2011 to protest against the NGO law. LICADHO (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 15 June 2015) Several laws currently under consideration are threatening to bring about the end of free civil society… Continue reading Curtailing civil society in the Kingdom

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?