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Southeast Asia and the Pacific: James Gomez joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gomez as the human rights organization’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to the region, moving closer to the ground to ensure a more impactful presence where human rights abuses are taking place. “Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, people are facing a relentless assault on their rights, Amnesty International is mounting a robust response to drive change on the ground,” said Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • News
  • Cambodia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cambodia: Courts of injustice

Cambodia’s government is using its courts to silence human rights defenders and political activists, Amnesty International says today in a new report. Using its tight grip on the criminal justice system, the Cambodian government has brought a series of trumped-up charges against members of the political opposition, trade union activists, human rights activists, and political commentators, in an attempt to harass, intimidate and punish them.

Date:
30 May 2017
  • Research
  • Cambodia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cambodia: Courts of Injustice: Suppressing activism through the criminal justice system in Cambodia

Human rights defenders and political opposition activists are under attack in Cambodia. In the four years since the national election in July 2013, the country’s government and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party have used the criminal justice system to target activists and restrict the space they operate within. This report sets out how criminal cases are being opened against activists for peaceful activities and how these cases are used as a means to intimidate activists from refraining from wholeheartedly fulfilling their important roles.

Date:
30 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/6059/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cambodia: Criminal cases against human rights defenders, and political and other activists in Cambodia

This list provides a breakdown of criminal proceedings against human rights defenders, and political and other activists in Cambodia in which prosecutorial or judicial action is understood to have taken place since the last general election in 2013. The information was collected from a number of sources, including the subjects of judicial action, non-governmental organizations, unions, lawyers, and media reports.

Date:
30 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/6339/2017
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  • Cambodia
  • Impunity

Cambodia: Significant Questions Remain After Guilty Verdict in Kem Ley Trial

On 23 March 2017, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Oeuth Ang guilty of the premeditated murder of prominent political commentator Kem Ley on 10 July 2016 and sentenced him to life imprisonment. However, key aspects of the case appear to have been inadequately investigated. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Watch therefore call for an independent, impartial and effective investigation to establish whether anyone else was involved in the killing, so that the victims of this serious crime, including Kem Ley’s wife and children, will be able to obtain justice.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/5944/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Time for ASEAN to take human rights seriously

This year, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks 50 years of its existence. The region is a source of envy when it comes to economic progress, boasting the highest levels of economic growth seen anywhere outside China and India. But when it comes to human rights, there’s been a marked regression. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, they have rivalled each other when it comes to invoking crude, draconian laws to restrict people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
25 February 2017
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  • Cambodia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cambodia: Drop Farcical Investigation of Human Rights Defenders

In a joint statement, Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Human Rights Watch, and the International Commission of Jurists call on the Cambodian authorities to immediately drop the politically motivated criminal investigation of human rights defenders Am Sam-at and Chan Puthisak. Sam-at, a respected human rights monitor at the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) for nearly 20 years, and Puthisak, a land rights activist from Boeung Kak Lake and former prisoner of conscience, have been accused of instigating violence at a 10 October 2016 peaceful demonstration.

Date:
7 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 23/5630/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Cambodia: Opposition politician sentenced to seven years over alleged Facebook post

The guilty verdict and seven year sentence handed down to an opposition politician, Hong Sok Hour, today in Phnom Penh is further evidence of a worrying spiral of suppression of key human rights, including freedom of expression, in Cambodia, said Amnesty International. Hong Sok Hour, a Senator from the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was convicted on forgery and incitement charges by Phnom Penh Municipal Court, for allegedly posting a video clip on Facebook containing an image of a fictitious agreement between Cambodia and Vietnam to dissolve their shared border.

Date:
7 November 2016
  • News
  • Cambodia
  • Detention

Cambodia: Campaign of political intimidation must end

Reacting to the conviction earlier today of Kem Sokha, the acting head of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party, on charges under Article 538 of refusing to appear as a witness, Amnesty International said: “Cambodia is in crisis with the government engaging in a campaign of intimidation against peaceful political and civil society activists, using frivolous prosecutions designed to punish, isolate and marginalise any peaceful dissent,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
9 September 2016
  • Research
  • Cambodia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cambodia: Charges against peaceful demonstrators highlight judiciary’s total lack of independence

Recent months have seen a crackdown on the exercise of the human rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly in Cambodia, with several human rights defenders and political opposition members being arrested and/or threatened with legal action. The charges against two housing rights activists arrested on 15 August are unfounded and point to an attempt by authorities to discourage and punish participation in “Black Monday” peaceful demonstrations, as part of a wider suppression of peaceful dissent.

Date:
18 August 2016
Ref:
ASA 23/4684/2016
  • Research
  • Cambodia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Cambodia: Civil society launches #FreeThe5KH campaign

Amnesty International has signed up with 51 civil society organizations (CSO's) to campaign for solidarity and support for five HRDs currently in prison awaiting trial. They include four staff members from human rights NGO ADHOC and one former staff member and member of the National Election Committee imprisoned since April 2016 for carrying out their work.

Date:
8 August 2016
Ref:
ASA 23/4635/2016