CCHR in the Media:

The Phnom Penh Post, 3 October 2018“Human rights the price paid‘ for Kingdom’s SEZ growth‘:
The gains brought to the Kingdom by the establishment of special economic zones (SEZs) has come at a high price, with people becoming the victims of land grabs, poor labour conditions and environmental damage, reports the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR). In its factsheet Cambodia’s Special Economic Zones and Human Rights, CCHR said the establishment of SEZs in 2005 was done with a lack of transparency and publicity, which left people unable to properly defend their rights. It also came without proper consultation with local communities, which resulted in forced evictions.

Nikkei Asian Review, 12 October 2018, ‚Leaked Cambodia Memo Shows Hun Sen Tightening Grip on Dessent‘:
Cambodian authorities are planning to „strictly control“ the activities of potential critics of the regime, as Prime Minister Hun Sen aims to further strengthen the power base of his Cambodian People’s Party, according to a leaked government document. Meanwhile, leading members of civil society groups this week told the Nikkei Asian Review about widespread surveillance and intimidation tactics being used against people the authorities see as political critics. Chak Sopheap, executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said that the authorities were mixing „traditional“ techniques such as physical surveillance and intimidation with „modern“ approaches including the use of digital tools and the judicial system to silence dissent.

Simone Pieri, a member of the EU’s delegation at the Technical Support for Legal Aid Policy Development workshop on 31 August 2018, stated that he wanted to see “the rule of law implemented so people have access to justice, as it is crucial to maintaining social stability in the country.”