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Civil Society Strongly Condemns Violence Against Demonstrating Bus Drivers
Joint Organizations

February 6, 2016 - We, the undersigned civil society groups, strongly condemn this morning’s violence by members of the Cambodia for Confederation Development Association (CCDA) against protesting bus drivers and their supporters, as well as the woefully inadequate police response, call for the release of two men arbitrarily arrested and demand an investigation into the violence.

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LICADHO Cancels IHRD Prison Activities for the First Time in 20 Years Due to Prohibitive Restrictions
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

December 6, 2015 - LICADHO will not be able to conduct activities planned in 18 prisons for International Human Rights Day (IHRD) on December 10, 2015 due to prohibitive written conditions set by the General Department of Prisons (GDP).

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Thousands Set to Celebrate International Human Rights Day Across the Country
Joint Organizations

December 4, 2015 - Thousands of Cambodians in 16 provinces will gather to celebrate the 67th International Human Rights Day (IHRD), culminating in a joint celebration in Phnom Penh on December 10. From December 6 onward, grassroots groups such as communities affected by land conflicts, youth networks, associations, and monks as well as unions and NGOs across the country will hold a series of celebrations under an overall theme of ‘Justice’.

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Getting Away With It: The Treatment of Rape in Cambodia's Justice System
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

November 29, 2015 - Today, to mark the global campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which began on November 25 and runs until December 10, LICADHO is publishing a new report Getting Away With It: The Treatment of Rape in Cambodia’s Justice System. The report presents evidence of the immense failure of the Cambodian justice system to properly investigate and prosecute cases of rape involving women and children. It provides details of multiple systemic flaws – corruption, discriminatory attitudes towards women and girls, misinterpretation of the law, and lack of resources – which, together, mean that many perpetrators of rape receive only very lenient punishment or go completely unpunished.

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LICADHO Calls for Immediate Closure of Prey Speu Center Following Two Deaths
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

November 3, 2015 - Following the deaths of two people unlawfully detained in the Prey Speu “Social Affairs” Center after having been arbitrarily arrested prior to Pchum Ben, LICADHO calls on relevant authorities to investigate the deaths and reiterates calls for the prompt closure of Prey Speu and all other such centers operating outside the criminal justice system. These are the second and third such deaths in less than a year.

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CSOs call for an End to Impunity in Cambodia on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
Joint Organizations

November 2, 2015 - To mark the United Nations’ second International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, we, the undersigned civil society organizations (“CSOs”), call upon the Royal Government of Cambodia to bring an end to Cambodia’s rampant culture of impunity, and to ensure that the perpetrators of human rights violations are brought to justice.

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Civil Society Condemns Violence Against Cambodian Opposition MPs
Joint Organizations

October 27, 2015 - ADHOC, CCHR, CCIM, CLEC, STT and LICADHO strongly condemn yesterday’s violence outside the National Assembly and at the gate of an opposition leader that left two opposition CNRP MPs injured and bloodied, and call for an immediate independent and transparent investigation into the orchestrated violence. We further express deep concerns over the lack of police action to control a related gathering in front of Kem Sokha’s house, which was surrounded this afternoon by several hundred individuals, some of who threw rocks at the front gates while others were heard calling for even further violence.

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ADHOC, CLEC and LICADHO Call for the Immediate Release of 17 Activists and Observers in Koh Kong
Joint Organizations

September 2, 2015 - ADHOC, LICADHO and CLEC are outraged by the detention of 17 protestors, NGO staff and media workers in Koh Kong's provincial police station and call for their immediate release. The 17 were detained in the midst of a gathering calling for a solution to Chi Khor Krom community’s land conflict. The gathering involved 50 youths and land activists who had also participated in daily peaceful protests against the arrest and imprisonment of three activists from NGO Mother Nature since August 19.

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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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