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Cambodia: Protest Supports Villagers Challenging Foreign Forest Concession

(Sept. 25, 2015) On September 22, 2015, a group of approximately 100 Cambodians from the Phnong ethnic group rallied to support five members of the group who were questioned in court and then released. The issues involved were claims of illegal logging and a land dispute in Kratie Province of eastern Cambodia. The provincial court […]

Cambodia: Law on NGOs Passed

(July 15, 2015) On July 13, 2015, Cambodia’s legislature adopted a new law designed to regulate the country’s approximately 5,000 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations passed with unanimous support from the ruling party, while all the opposition party members of the legislature boycotted the vote, and street protests took place […]

Cambodia; United Nations: Indictment for Crimes Against Humanity

(Mar. 31, 2015) On March 27, 2015, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), a United Nations-backed tribunal established in 2006 to try those accused of crimes committed when the Khmer Rouge controlled the country, charged Ao An, a former Khmer Rouge member, with “crimes against humanity of murder, extermination, persecution on political […]

Cambodia: New Election Laws

(Mar. 24, 2015) On March 19, 2015, Cambodia’s parliament unanimously approved two new election laws, the Law on the Election of Members of the National Assembly and the Law on the National Election Committee. The legislation resulted from a compromise between the governing Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). […]

Cambodia: New Regulation to Protect Workers

(Oct. 15, 2014) On October 8, 2014, Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training and Ministry of Tourism jointly issued a regulation (prakas) to extend to workers in the entertainment industry the same rights and protections that are accorded to other workers under the current laws of the country. (Taylor Gillan, Cambodia Enacts Regulation to […]

Cambodia; Indonesia; Malaysia; Papua New Guinea; Philippines; Thailand: Regional Agreement on Protecting Witnesses and Victims

(Nov. 25, 2013) Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Thailand have agreed to establish a technical agency charged with improving cooperation among their national agencies in protecting witnesses and victims of transnational crime. The agreement was reached during a meeting held in Kuta, on the Indonesian island of Bali, that ended on […]

Cambodia: Criminalizing Denial of Atrocities

(June 12, 2013) On June 7, 2013, the National Assembly of Cambodia adopted legislation criminalizing the denial of the Khmer Rouge regime’s atrocities. Violation of the new law could result in a sentence of up to two years in prison. In addition, in theory the new law could make it impossible for former Khmer Rouge […]

Cambodia: Draft Law on NGOs

(Oct. 18, 2011) On October 14, 2011, a United Nations human rights expert criticized a draft Cambodian law on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as potentially in violation of international law, notably the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. (Cambodian Draft Law on NGOs May Breach International Pact, UN Rights Expert Warns, UN NEWS CENTRE (Oct. […]

Cambodia: Genocide Tribunal Begins Hearings in New Trial

(June 29, 2011) The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) opened hearings on June 27, 2011, in the trial of four high-ranking leaders of the country's late 1970s Khmer Rouge regime. All of the former communist officials are now over 79 years old. Nuon Chea was second in command to ruler Pol Pot […]

Cambodia; Thailand: Indonesia Offers Assistance Toward Resolving Border Dispute

(May 11, 2011) On May 8, 2011, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded a summit meeting in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, which is currently chairing the Association. Among the issues discussed was the border dispute between two of the organization's ten member states, Cambodia and Thailand. The Prime Ministers of the two […]