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UN rights expert commends Cambodia progress
September 25, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi on Wednesday commented on Cambodia's recent efforts in human rights protection, noting that while there have been improvements, there are still substantial problems in the judicial system. Subedi stated, "The situation i....... [more]

Court finds former Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity
August 7, 2014
The Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity committed between 17 April 1975 and December 1977. They were sentenced to life imprisonment. As the first top-level leaders....... [more]

Cambodia court releases garment worker protesters
May 31, 2014
A Cambodian court on Friday convicted 23 workers and activists for inciting violence during a mass garment workers' strike but suspended their jail sentence, which has caused a lot of controversy and international scrutiny. The ruling reverses the appeals court's decision in February, which refused....... [more]

Cambodia court sentences 13 men for treason
April 11, 2014
A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men, all members of the self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front, to prison for plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's government. The government accused the men of plotting insurrection and "opposing the nation" by calling for Sen's removal, prim....... [more]

UN rights expert concerned over Cambodia legislative session
April 8, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, issued a statement on Monday expressing concern that the Cambodian National Assembly went forward with its second session without the representative MPs of the opposition taking up their seats. Subedi urged the le....... [more]

UN SG urges international community to protect human rights
April 2, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged global leaders Tuesday to commit to ensuring the protection of human rights and an end to mass atrocities. The Secretary-General spoke positively of progress that has been made in holding perpetrators of genocide accountable for their actions, especially with t....... [more]

Human rights lawyer urges ICC to investigate Cambodia officials
March 20, 2014
Human rights lawyer Morton Sklar urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday to investigate attacks in Cambodia on political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Sklar accused the Cambodian authorities of a systematic pattern of crimes to silence dissenting opinions and protect former....... [more]

North Korea atrocities on par with Nazis, Khmer Rouge: UN rights expert
March 17, 2014
Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea Michael Kirby on Monday compared the alleged crimes of the North Korean regime to those of Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge. In February UN human rights investigators released a 372-page report detailing allegation....... [more]

UN welcomes Cambodia electoral reform agreement
March 7, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi on Thursday announced support for a five-point electoral reform agreement reached by Cambodia's two main political parties, the Cambodian People's Party and the Cambodian National Rescue Party. The two parties agreed....... [more]

Cambodia ends ban on public protests
February 27, 2014
Cambodian officials on Wednesday said that the country has ended its ban on public demonstrations that was imposed last month after police opened fire on protesting textile workers. According to Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, those wishing to stage protests will still have to seek permis....... [more]

Cambodia court refuses release of anti-government protesters
February 12, 2014
A Cambodian appeals court on Tuesday refused the release of 21 people arrested last month in connection with anti-government protests, a series of demonstrations comprised mostly of garment workers and rights activists. According to defense lawyer Sam Sokong, the court reasoned that the release of t....... [more]


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