World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Cambodia: Report Finds Marked Deterioration In Human Rights

Cambodia: Report Finds Marked Deterioration In Human Rights

Phnom Penh, 19.06.2013: Human rights defenders in Cambodia are less safe than they were a year ago according to a report published today by ARTICLE 19 and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR). The risk assessment survey shows the security situation in the country deteriorated significantly in 2012 as the government crackdown on fundamental human rights has intensified ahead of the elections in July. The report highlights in particular, increasing attacks on freedom of expression and freedom of association.

ARTICLE 19 and CCHR demand that the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) immediately stop persecuting human rights defenders (HRDs) and take concrete measures to actively promote and protect the basic human rights in the country.

"Repeatedly we have seen that people who stand up and speak out about injustices and violations are either beaten or locked up. The human rights situation in Cambodia is dire and getting worse" said Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE 19's Executive Director.

The RGC frequently employs hardline intimidation tactics to silencing criticism, including physical violence, arresting people without charge and waging campaigns of legal and judicial harassment. These efforts are particularly directed towards people that are defending land and housing rights, trade unionists, members of opposition political groups, human rights lawyers, journalists, and the local NGO community.

"The government has a very low tolerance for criticism – and as a result, Cambodian human rights defenders are continually targeted by the authorities," said OU Virak, CCHR's President. "We all need to increase our efforts to stand behind Cambodian human rights defenders and provide support to these men and women who continue to speak out despite the considerable risk involved," he added.

This report aims to jump-start a much-needed long-term coordinated initiative by the national and international community to protect HRDs in Cambodia. HRDs are an integral part of a democratic society, and only when Cambodian HRDs can carry out their work with minimum risk will the overall human rights situation in Cambodia be improved.

The report includes a risk assessment that holistically analyses trends of threats and risks faced by different groups of HRDs in Cambodian.

# # #

About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Signs Of Ebola Decline In Liberia Offer ‘Glimmer Of Hope’

Equipped with UNICEF-developed and Government-approved awareness materials, these girls go door-to-door in West Point, Monrovia, to educate their parents, family members and friends about Ebola and how it can be prevented. Photo: UNICEF/UNI171713/Griggers More>>

ALSO:

Allegations Of Misreporting By Joint Darfur Mission

Ban ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Findings of Review of Allegations of Misreporting by Joint Darfur Mission More>>

Status Quo Not Viable Option’ In Jerusalem

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More>>

ALSO:

  • ITUC - Israel’s Settlement Expansion is an Outrage
  • World News: No To TPP Trade-Offs

    No to TPP Trade-Offs, Say Public Health, Fair Trade Activists at Sydney TPP Ministers’ Meeting More>>

    ALSO:

  • AFTINET - Fair Trade Group Calls for Release of TPP Text
  • Al Jazeera Interpol Rejects Egypt Request For Red Notice On Journalist

    Interpol, the international organisation for police cooperation, has rejected a request from Egypt to issue one of its red notices against Ahmed Mansour, an Al Jazeera journalist. More>>

    UN-Backed Study: Fruit Flies To Prompt Better Pest Controls

    Bactrocera dorsalis is causing “incalculable damage to horticultural industries and food security” across a swathe of countries in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America. Photo: IAEA/Viwat Wornoayporn More>>


    ‘The Only Way To Stop Ebola Is At Its Source’ – UN Chief

    Girls in the city of Voinjama look at a poster that displays information and illustrations about how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Photo: UNICEF/2014/Liberia/Jallanzo More>>

    ALSO:

  • Christian World Service - CWS appeals for help to Stop Ebola
  • UN: Multi-Billion Dollar Horn Of Africa Pledge

    UN’s Ban, Global Leaders Join Forces in Multi-Billion Dollar Horn of Africa Pledge More>>


     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news