Topic: General Human RightsPress Release: CHRAC Condemns Forced and Violent Repatriation of 100 Montagnards
Published on July 20, 2005; The Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), a coalition of 18 local NGOs, is deeply concerned by today's forced and violent repatriation of 100 Montagnards in Cambodia to Vietnam. The CHRAC condemns the deportation including the extensive use of electric batons which was used against the Montagnards by Cambodian police while loading them onto buses to begin the deportation from a center in Phnom Penh. This was despite the fact that the Montagnards did not act violently, but only tried to passively resist being taken away.
Published on April 26, 2005; The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) will hold a media conference in Phnom Penh on April 28, 2005, on the occasion of the publication by the Observatory of its worldwide 2004 Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders.
Published on April 18, 2005; On the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the genocide in Cambodia, on 17 April 2005, FIDH and its two member organisations in Cambodia, ADHOC and LICADHO, make public recommendations concerning the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and the International Criminal Court.
The Cambodian people want the perpetrators of international crimes committed in their country between 1975 and 1979 to be tried. The Cambodian people have a right to truth and justice. The question is whether the KRT will be able to meet those expectations.
Published on December 16, 2004; To commemorate the 56th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, NGOs, student groups, monks and a few of Cambodia’s UN agencies gathered on December 10 to read the Declaration and march to the palace where they were received by King Norodom Sihamoni.
Published on December 15, 2004; This report provides a general overview of the nature and extent of threats facing human rights defenders in Cambodia during 2004. It is based on investigations and information compiled by LICADHO, with particular help from the Cambodia Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Published on December 12, 2004; Opening speech by Dr. Kek Galabru, chairperson of CHRAC, for the International Human Rights Day on December 10 in the presence of his Majesty the King of Cambodia meeting 10 individuals victim of human rights violations.
Published on November 29, 2004; On April 3, 2001 Montha Kuan (age 27) and Sai Kuan (35, mother of four children under the age of 18) were sentenced to death on drug charges in Thai courts. Despite concerns over the conduct of the arrest and prosecution, the appeals process for the Cambodian sisters has now been exhausted.
Published on July 7, 2004; According to an Agreement to Cooperate dated 30 June 2004, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the FUNCINPEC Party "have agreed, in the spirit of ensuring the normal functioning of state institutions, to choose a package vote for the election of the President and Vice-Presidents of the National Assembly and for the vote of confidence in the Royal Government at the beginning of the parliamentary session to be chaired by the Dean of the Members of the Parliament." We, the representatives of Cambodian NGOs, reject this “package vote” as well as its justification for the following reasons: ...
Published on July 7, 2004; We, the Members of the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), COMFREL and NICFEC, kindly request the King to issue a statement of opinion on the “package vote” procedure proposed for the creation of the new government.
Published on July 1, 2004; LICADHO presents its on-going concerns in this report on the human rights environment in Cambodia, 2004. Many important strides have been taken in recent years particularly though the hard-work and dedication of human rights professionals, however, Cambodia's human rights record remains poor. This report outlines the urgent need to address human rights concerns within the country, as well as the importance of international recognition and support for the work of independent human rights organizations.
Published on May 1, 2004; "(...)Human rights NGOs have long seen the need for a truly independent and effective National Human Rights Commission. An NGO draft law to establish such a commission has been in discussion by a group of NGOs since 1997, when it was written, and the fact that it is still being discussed today indicates its importance in ensuring human rights in Cambodia. The controversy that it has generated in negotiations reveals the power that the proposed commission would hold to challenge human rights abuses in the country.(...)"
Open letter by Dr. Kek Galabru, President of LICADHO
Published on April 1, 2004; Cambodian children love to study, but Cambodia lacks schools, teachers and materials. Poverty and corruption force most students, especially female students, to drop out before finishing secondary school. In many families, children play an important role in family survival, helping with various tasks such as farming, picking through garbage, and selling. Cambodian children are also vulnerable to abuses such as the worst forms of child labour, domestic violence, rape and trafficking.
Published on December 15, 2003; Following the deportation of 11 Montagnard asylum seekers, CHRAC urged the government to allow asylum claims to be determined through a fair and transparent process. Given the strong possibility that Montagnards would face persecution in Vietnam, Cambodia is required under the Refugee Convention not to forcibly deport them.
Published on December 1, 2003; In this report, the Neutral and Impartial Committee on Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (NICFEC), releases its final evaluation of whether the July 2003 National Assembly Elections in Cambodia were free and fair.
Published on December 1, 2003; This briefing paper provides the most recent update on the nature and extent of threats facing human rights defenders in Cambodia.