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

 

As Health Needs Rise In Somalia, Funding Hits New Low

As health needs rise in Somalia, funding hits new low, cutting off 1.5 million from care – UN More>>

Need To End Violence Against Children In Conflict

‘We should be outraged’ more not being done to end violence against children in conflict – UNICEF chief More>>

On Mandela Day, UN Joins Call To Promote Community Service

Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran More>>

Some $3.2 Billion Needed For Ebola Recovery Efforts

Some $3.2 billion needed for Ebola recovery efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – UN More>>

World Day: UN Spotlights Plight Of Vulnerable Populalations

Syrian refugees fleeing the fighting near the Syrian city of Kobani wait in a holding area before boarding buses in Turkey (September 2014). Photo: UNHCR /I. Prickett More>>

Afghanisatan: Direct Talks Between Government And Taliban

The United Nations Security Council has welcomed the recently held direct talks between Afghan Government and Taliban representatives as a step towards “peace and reconciliation” in the region. More>>

Eradicating World Hunger By 2030

Agriculture workers collect carrots on a farm in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann More>>

Bangladesh: Flood Leads To UN Agency Providing Food Relief

Anwar Hossain unloads cartons of High Energy Biscuits from a pickup truck and transfers them to a distribution center in Kawar Khop union, Ramu upazila, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: WFP/Kamrul Mithon More>>

Ban Says World Must Act Now To Curb Climate Change

Alarmed by melting glacier in Norway, Ban says world must 'act now' to curb climate change More>>

UN Spotlights Data And Technology As Key To Sustainability

The importance of quality data and cutting edge information communication technologies (ICTs) is increasingly critical to the shaping of the future sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP ) confirmed today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news