Fact sheets

Recent Official Interference with Freedoms of Assembly and Expression Events at recent demonstrations and protests indicate that the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) are facing ever-greater interference and restriction at the hands of local and national authorities.

Trade Union Law 2016

( 24-August-2016 / CCHR )

Trade Union Law 2016 The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) has classified the Trade Union Law as red because, despite some welcome protections for freedom of association, the law contains a number of disproportionate restrictions on the rights of unions to conduct their activities freely, and is not consistent with Cambodia’s domestic or international human rights obligations.

Mother Nature Activists Targeted Again

( 20-January-2016 / CCHR )

Mother Nature Activists Targeted Again The recent illegal detention of Mother Nature activists and community members in Koh Kong province is the latest in a string of incidents aimed at preventing the Mother Nature group from exercising their fundamental rights.

Arrest of Vong Sokhengly typical of continued police intimidation Mr. Vong Sokhengly was detained without charge on Monday 04 January 2016 for​​ questioning and ‘education’ in regards to his peaceful protest activities. Police also attempted to have him sign a letter promising to move the protest away. This illegal abuse of power by the authorities violates human rights and is part of an ongoing tactic of intimidation in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”).

Borei Keila – The Saga Continues

( 03-December-2015 / CCHR )

Borei Keila – The Saga Continues After waiting nearly four years for a resolution since their violent eviction, the former​​ residents of Borei Keila have been left disappointed by the decision recently announced by Phnom Penh City Hall, which saw the majority of remaining families denied on-site housing as initially promised by Phanimex Company (“Phanimex”).

Prison Visits

( 09-March-2015 / CCHR )

Prison Visits Recent bureaucratic restrictions have hindered CCHRs ability to conduct prison visits, undermining the positive role that civil society organizations can play in supporting national efforts to monitor places of detention, enhance the protection of detainees, and strengthen transparency and accountability.

Fundamental Freedoms Series: Union Membership The right to freedom of association is protected under provisions of domestic and international law. Despite this, widespread violations of the right to freedom of association frequently occur throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia (‘’Cambodia’’), which is increasingly regarded as a dangerous country in which to be a trade unionist. In October 2013 the International Labour Organization (the ‘’ILO’’) named Cambodia as one of three country cases that were the most serious and urgent regarding freedom of association.

Ban on Assemblies, Marches and Demonstrations in Cambodia The recent decision by the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) to issue an indefinite ban on all future demonstrations, assemblies, or marches, is disproportionate and violates the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. This, paired with the excessive use of force by security forces against demonstrations, is characteristic of the currently deteriorating human rights situation in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”).

Hierarchy of Laws in Cambodia

( 09-January-2014 / CCHR )

Hierarchy of Laws in Cambodia Domestic legal instruments follow a specific hierarchy that needs to be complied with in order to respect the principle of rule of law. However, there have been instances where the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) bypasses this hierarchy and uses lower legal instruments to regulate fundamental human rights issues.

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