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ADHOC and LICADHO urge Cambodian Constitutional Council to reject unconstitutional LANGO
Joint Organizations

July 30, 2015 - As the Constitutional Council of Cambodia prepares to review the legality of the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO), ADHOC and LICADHO call on the Council to reject the law on the basis of numerous provisions that violate Cambodian citizens’ constitutional rights and freedoms.

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LICADHO condemns the conviction and sentencing of 11 CNRP officials and supporters
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

July 21, 2015 - This afternoon, 11 officials and supporters of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) were convicted of charges relating to insurrection and sentenced to between seven and 20 years imprisonment. They were taken to CC1 prison immediately following the sentencing.

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Civil Society Calls On Senate to Reject LANGO
Joint Organizations

July 14, 2015 - We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the Cambodian People’s Party’s unanimous approval yesterday of the repressive and unnecessary Law on Associations and Non-Government Organizations (LANGO) and call on the Senate to reject the law. The vote at yesterday’s extraordinary session of the National Assembly is a catastrophic development for civil society in Cambodia and is a major step in the government’s wider campaign to undermine democracy and restrict citizens’ rights and freedoms.

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LICADHO Calls for Restoration of Open Access to Companies Register
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

June 25, 2015 - The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) deplores the apparent decision by the Ministry of Commerce to substantially reduce the amount of information about companies that it publicly discloses through its website. After a recent website upgrade by the ministry the only information now available on companies is the company name, the chairman’s name, and a phone number. Coming so soon after LICADHO’s request for greater transparency in relation to economic land concessions, this development is particularly disappointing.

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On Stony Ground: A Look into Social Land Concessions
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

June 24, 2015 - State-involved land conflicts have been one of the largest causes of human rights abuses in Cambodia for over a decade. Many of these abuses arose from disputes involving Economic Land Concessions (ELCs) and other land concessions awarded to private companies. On the eve of this great Cambodian land giveaway, in March 2003, the Cambodian government unveiled a potentially progressive land policy with the aim of transferring land to landless and poor Cambodians – Social Land Concessions (SLCs).

LICADHO recently investigated a $13 million SLC project, supported by the World Bank and the German development agency GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), to assess whether the project has in fact benefitted rural poor Cambodians, as stated in both agencies' project reporting narratives.

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LICADHO Urges Government to Support Child Rights and to Protect Youth in Prisons
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

May 31, 2015 - LICADHO’s Children’s Rights Office (CRO), in partnership with the Child Protection Group (CPG) network, will celebrate International Children’s Day 2015 in several locations. On 28 May, early celebrations took place in Dangkor Middle School, Phnom Penh. On 1 June, the official date of International Children’s Day, celebrations will take place in the morning (8:30am-11:00am) at Sangkat Norkor Thom, Siem Reap, Sal Mohorsrop Theater, Koh Kong, and at Build Bright University in Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk. At these locations, the CRO and CPGs will organize public forums and interactive theatre performances concerning child rights, and help distribute social assistance packages to the families of vulnerable children and youth. Approximately 2,350 people are expected to attend the celebrations.

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Mothers Behind Bars: The Impact of Detention on Women and their Children
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

May 26, 2015 - Today, LICADHO releases its report “Mothers Behind Bars: The Impact of Detention on Women and their Children” which seeks to raise awareness of the harmful, and sometimes devastating, impact a mother’s imprisonment can have on her children.

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Going Offline? The Threat to Cambodia’s Newfound Internet Freedoms
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

May 17, 2015 - On World Information Society Day, LICADHO releases its report “Going Offline? The Threat to Cambodia’s Newfound Internet Freedoms,” describing the vital importance of the Internet for freedom of expression in Cambodia and the imminent threat that this last bastion for independent voices now faces.

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Cambodia: Withdraw Proposed Association Law and Make Legislative Drafting Process Transparent
Joint Organizations

May 11, 2015 - The Cambodian government must withdraw the proposed Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) and make the legislative drafting process in the country transparent, FIDH and its member organizations, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), said today.

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Cambodia Should Register, Not Return, Vietnamese Asylum Seekers
Joint Organizations

May 1, 2015 - Cambodia’s refusal to allow asylum seekers from Vietnam to register and seek refugee status demonstrates a dismal failing to abide by international refugee law, LICADHO and Human Rights Watch said today. In the last four months, Cambodia has forcibly deported 54 Vietnamese asylum seekers, and appears poised to deport 40 more.

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LICADHO Opens up its Land Concessions Data, Urges Full Transparency from the Government
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

March 30, 2015 - The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) is today releasing to the public its land concession dataset and urges the government to follow suit by publicly disclosing details of all land concessions granted in Cambodia. The information released is the culmination of five years of investigation into this sector.

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Long-term Solutions Necessary for the Welfare of Children whose Mothers Face Imprisonment
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

March 18, 2015 - Following the recent release of 22 women from prison, LICADHO welcomes news that the Ministries of Justice and Interior will discuss longer term solutions to ensuring the welfare of children whose mothers face prison sentences.

LICADHO has recently conducted detailed research into the arrest and sentencing of mothers with dependent children and has found that the welfare of the child is rarely taken into account when a mother is sent to pre-trial detention or at sentencing. Many women interviewed told LICADHO that judges did not even ask them if they had children or not before sending them to prison.

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LICADHO Cancels its Long-Time International Women’s Day Activities in Prisons due to Government Restrictions
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

March 5, 2015 - It is with deep regret that LICADHO announces it will not conduct annual activities in Cambodian prisons this year for International Women’s Day, which will be celebrated on March 8.

For over 15 years LICADHO has visited Cambodian prisons on International Women’s Day (IWD) to provide care packages to female prisoners, female guards and to the children living in prison with their mothers. In the past 10 years, LICADHO has also coordinated special entertainment in prisons including speeches, games, traditional dancing and shows performed by the prisoners themselves. The activities have been well received by the prisoners and used to be supported by the prison authorities.

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Report Documents Cambodian Government’s ongoing Failure to Implement ICCPR
Joint Organizations

March 3, 2015 - The Cambodian government has failed to comply with its fundamental civil and political rights obligations, FIDH and its member organizations, the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), said in a joint shadow report submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee (HRC).

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Release of Imprisoned Mothers and Pregnant Women Will Provide Some Relief but Does Not Address Underlying Issues
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

March 2, 2015 - Late last week a committee headed by the Ministry of Justice announced that 16 incarcerated women, including 15 women with children and one pregnant woman, will be released before International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015. The committee also stated that the government plans to release pregnant women and women with children every year.

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