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

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

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

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

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

An affront to human rights

An affront to human rights (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 1st October 2014) Protesters gather in front of the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh on Friday before the signing of a controversial refugee deal between the countries. Heng Chivoan Wed, 1 October 2014 Chak Sopheap As recently as January, Australia… Continue reading An affront to human rights