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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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Withdraw Armed Forces and Court Officials from Political Party Ranks to Strengthen Rule of Law and Democracy in Cambodia
Joint Organizations

February 26, 2015 - We, the Electoral Reform Alliance (ERA) and Civil Society Organizations, condemn any political party which includes, or will include court officials and officers armed forces within political party’s ranks. This inclusion is a violation of the constitution, the rule of law, and the principle of democracy, in particular free and fair elections.

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Renewed Surge in Land Disputes Must be Addressed Not Denied
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

February 19, 2015 - The Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) strongly expresses its concern at the surge in land disputes documented by its offices in 2014, which resulted in a threefold increase in the number of families newly affected by land conflicts during that year when compared to the previous year.

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Civil Society Groups Condemn Use of Visa Denial to Curb Activism
Joint Organizations

February 17, 2015 - We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn the recent decision to deny a visa renewal for prominent environmental activist Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson. Mr Gonzalez-Davidson has been at the forefront of a campaign by local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Mother Nature, to halt the controversial development of a hydroelectric dam in Areng valley, Koh Kong province.

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Childhood Behind Bars - Growing up in a Cambodian Prison – Dara’s Story
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

February 15, 2015 - Today, LICADHO releases its second and latest report in a series of case studies assessing the impact on children of growing up in Cambodian prisons. As of January 2015, there were 39 children between the ages of one month and four years living with their mothers in 18 Cambodian prisons monitored by LICADHO. Approximately half of them were born while the mother was imprisoned and almost all have never experienced or do not remember life beyond prison walls.

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Civil Society Organizations Call on the Government and Political Parties to Respect Freedom of Expression
Joint Organizations

February 5, 2015 - We, the undersigned civil society organizations, wish to express serious concern regarding the potential introduction of new measures banning staff of civil society organizations from giving media interviews or making statements deemed to have “insulted” political parties during election periods. Such restrictions would amount to violations of the right to freedom of expression.

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Civil Society Groups Condemn the Ongoing Detention of 11 Activists
Joint Organizations

January 26, 2015 - We the undersigned civil society groups condemn the indefensible verdicts issued this morning by the Court of Appeal in the cases of ten land activists and one monk.

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Rights at a Price: Life Inside Cambodia’s Prisons
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

January 20, 2015 - Ahead of the appeal hearing this week for 10 land activists and one monk, all wrongfully convicted and imprisoned following unfair trials, LICADHO is publishing a new report about the current state of Cambodian prisons and the human rights implications for those held in them.

The report “Rights at a Price: Life inside Cambodia’s Prisons” details the ongoing, systematic abuse, discrimination, exploitation and corruption within Cambodia’s prison system and notes that despite steps towards reform, many challenges remain, including prison overcrowding, poor infrastructure, lack of appeal transportation, weak implementation of the law and lack of knowledge amongst prison officials.

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Veng Sreng Anniversary: Still no Justice for the Dead, Missing and Injured
Joint Organizations

January 1, 2015 - One year on from the state violence of early January 2014 which led to the deaths of at least four men and the hospitalization of dozens, the disappearance of a teenage boy and the wrongful imprisonment of 23 union leaders, activists and workers, we the undersigned civil society organizations condemn the lack of progress made in investigating these human rights violations and in punishing those responsible.

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LICADHO Condemns Politically Motivated Allegations Against CNRP Officials and Supporters
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

December 22, 2014 - Eleven officials and supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have recently been summonsed to appear for trial at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on December 25, 2014, to answer charges of either leading or participating in an “insurrectionary movement.” LICADHO strongly condemns the continued criminal proceedings on these politically motivated allegations and takes this opportunity to release a detailed timeline of events since July 15, 2014, showing the course of criminal proceedings against opposition party members and supporters alongside political negotiations between the ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition CNRP.

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LICADHO Calls for the Release of the 19 Men and Women Wrongfully Imprisoned in Prey Sar’s CC1 and CC2 Prisons
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

December 8, 2014 - On Wednesday, Cambodia will celebrate International Human Rights Day. LICADHO takes this opportunity to recall attention to the 19 men and women who have been wrongfully imprisoned following a recent spate of arrests in Phnom Penh. LICADHO condemns these imprisonments and the continued abuse of the judicial system by the ruling party and well-connected individuals.

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Death in Prey Speu Highlights Detention Center Abuses
Joint Organizations

December 7, 2014 - The Cambodian government should promptly close all centers arbitrarily detaining people outside the criminal justice system, LICADHO and Human Rights Watch said today. The abusive nature of these centers was highlighted by the death on November 26, 2014, of a man who was arbitrarily detained and denied medical treatment at the Prey Speu center outside Phnom Penh.

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Monks to Lead International Human Rights Day March
Joint Organizations

December 2, 2014 - Over 600 human rights activists, led by monks, will march along six national roads towards Phnom Penh between December 5 and December 10, 2014, to celebrate the 66th International Human Rights Day (IHRD). Joining them will be participants from communities affected by land disputes, associations, networks, unions and NGOs, as well as villagers from rural and urban communities along the designated routes.

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“Good Wives”: Women Land Campaigners and the Impact of Human Rights Activism
Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO)

November 23, 2014 - To mark the start of the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, LICADHO has published a report exploring how the lives of women campaigners are changed by their activism. It reveals the high price women pay, suffering not only serious economic and emotional impacts but also often domestic violence and family breakdown.

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Groundless Charges against Venerable Loun Sovath Need to be Dropped
Joint Organizations

November 23, 2014 - We, the 16 endorsing non-governmental organizations, urge the Cambodian authorities to drop the charges against renowned human rights defender Venerable Luon Sovath. He is facing trial on 25 November 2014 in a flawed and protracted judicial process that clearly aims to silence him. Venerable Sovath is internationally known as the "multi-media monk," and his efforts to voice the human rights abuses against vulnerable communities and human rights defenders in Cambodia have been recognized globally.

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