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Report: Submission to the Human Rights Committee’s Task Force for the Adoption of the List of Issues on Cambodia

This week, as 8 opposition party members have been provisionally released from prison but remain accused of spurious charges for leading an insurrection and inciting violence, the Human Rights Committee’s Task Force meets to adopt the issues that will be considered by the Human Rights Committee in March 2015 when it assesses Cambodia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) for the first time since 1998.

In order to help inform the Task Force’s decision, LICADHO and partner FIDH submitted a joint report in April 2014 detailing serious and persistent violations of rights guaranteed under the ICCPR, including: the right to life; the freedoms of expression and assembly; the right to fair trial; and the prohibitions against torture and arbitrary detention.

Released in July 2014

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Report: Torture and Ill-Treatment: Testimony from Inside Cambodia's Police Stations and Prisons

On June 26, International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, LICADHO releases new testimony and analysis of torture and ill-treatment in Cambodia’s police stations and prisons, including the abuse of females and juveniles and those experiencing mental health problems.

LICADHO’s findings reveal that there has been no palpable change in the type, frequency and severity of abuse reported in recent years. Inmates continue to describe being beaten, kicked, slapped or punched, often until they were bleeding and unconscious. Objects used during beatings included guns, sticks, iron rods, stun batons and electric cables. One of the primary purposes of abuse continued to be the forced extraction of confessions or money.

Released in June 2014

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Report: Human Rights 2013: The Year in Review

2013 was dominated by one event: the National Assembly elections. Throughout the year, Phnom Penh saw some of its largest demonstrations in decades as Cambodian people took to the streets to demand their rights.

However, as documented by LICADHO in the report ‘Human Rights 2013: The Year in Review’, the elections witnessed an unprecedented level of fraud and left the country in a state of political turmoil; conflict over land and natural resources continued to be a major source of human rights violations throughout the year; strikes and labor issues gave rise to discord, often attracting violent action from the authorities; and human rights defenders remained a target of harassment, threats, unjustified criminal charges and violence.

Released in March 2014

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Briefing Paper: When Freedom Meets Oppression: Timeline of Recent Events

A timeline summarizing the series of event leading to and following the January 2-3-4, 2014, lethal clampdown on labour and political demonstrations in Cambodia's capital.

Released in January 2014

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Briefing Paper: 23 Workers & Human Rights Defenders Detained in Kampong Cham's CC3 prison

Short biographies of the 23 workers and human rights defenders arrested during the lethal clampdown of labour demonstrations on January 2-3, 2014.

Released in January 2014

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Briefing Paper: List of the Dead and Missing from January 3, 2014, Demonstration

Short biographies of the confirmed dead and missing men during the lethal clampdown of labour demonstrations on January 3, 2014.

Released in January 2014

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Document: Submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review for Cambodia by Amnesty International and LICADHO

This submission by Amnesty International and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) is based on information collected through on-going monitoring and research, and considers the national human rights framework and the situation on the ground for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in Cambodia.

Released in January 2014

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Document: Submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review for Cambodia by CLEC, LICADHO, LSCW, and HRW

The Community Legal Education Center (CLEC), the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO), the Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW), and Human Rights Watch submit this joint submission on human trafficking for labor exploitation of Cambodian workers. Human trafficking in Cambodia has received considerable attention in recent years, with a focus primarily on sex workers. But labor trafficking is emerging as an equally important problem. In the past four and a half years, there has been a substantial increase in trafficking, exploitation and abuses of Cambodian workers.

Released in January 2014

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Document: Submission to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review for Cambodia by LICADHO

This submission focuses on a selection of major rights issues in Cambodia, based on LICADHO’s experience and knowledge in these areas. The discussion focuses on the implementation of certain recommendations accepted by the government during the first UPR cycle, namely: land rights; military abuses; prison and unlawful detention center conditions; and access to justice/lack of rule of law. This submission covers the past four-and-a-half years.

Released in January 2014

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Document: Open Letter to GMAC Urging Garment Manufacturers to Respect Workers' Rights

We are very disturbed by statements reportedly made by you and other GMAC representatives that condoned the authorities’ use of lethal force against striking workers. On January 5, GMAC Secretary-General Ken Loo said that military police were in the right to open fire on protesters. Although Mr. Loo issued a follow-up statement on January 9 stating that GMAC does not support violence to end industrial disputes and that his previous comments were taken out of context, he continued to stand behind the use of live ammunition against protesters.

Released in January 2014

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Prison Population Watch
12,784 Occupancy Rate: →153%

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Monthly population figures as of May 31, 2014, from the 18 prisons monitored by LICADHO

The Great Cambodian Giveaway

Visualizing Land Concessions over Time