Mass exit of editors and reporters at the Phnom Penh Post sign of great concern for democracy in Cambodia
9 May 2018 7:14 pm

(Bangkok, 9 May 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is gravely concerned about the developments this week at the Phnom Penh Post. The dismissal of the editor-in-chief and the subsequent walkout of senior editors and reporters who felt they no longer had editorial independence represent the final blow for press [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter at 32nd ASEAN Summit: Cambodia’s Political Instability
2 May 2018 12:09 pm

APRIL 25, 2018  H.E. DR VIVIAN BALAKRISHNAN Minister for Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tanglin, Singapore Republic of Singapore Re: Cambodia’s Political Instability Dear Foreign Minister; We, the undersigned international and regional organizations, write to you on the occasion of the 32nd ASEAN Summit to urge your immediate attention to the severe deterioration in [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Release Former Radio Free Asia journalists and drop all charges
5 April 2018 5:53 pm

(Bangkok, 5 April 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns yesterday’s decision of the Court of Appeal to continue the detention of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin. The defence lawyer had argued that the two journalists were held for more than 48 hours [ Read more ]

HRC37 Joint Oral Statement on the curtailment of Civic Space and repression of Dissent in Cambodia
23 March 2018 12:15 am

37th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 10: Report of the Secretary General on the Role and achievements of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in assisting the Government and people of Cambodia in the promotion and protection of human rights By R. Iniyan Ilango on behalf [ Read more ]

At the UN Human Rights Council, States call for a special briefing on Cambodia ahead of July elections
22 March 2018 12:09 am

(Geneva, 21 March 2018) 45 States jointly expressed concern on Cambodia at the UN Human Rights Council today and called for an inter-sessional briefing on Cambodia ahead of the June session of the Council and the July national elections in Cambodia. ‘An intersessional briefing will allow the Council to take stock of the situation in [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – CSOs call for outright rejection of draft amendments to the Constitution and Criminal Code, amid legislative assault on Cambodian peoples’ rights and freedoms
21 February 2018 11:02 am

Phnom Penh, 21 February 2018 We, the undersigned organizations and communities, express our grave concern regarding the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”)’s proposed amendments to the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia (the “Constitution”), as well as the proposed introduction of a lèse-majesté offense to Cambodia’s Criminal Code. These proposed amendments constitute a severe threat [ Read more ]

From Our Member LICADHO, Cambodia – Report on ‘No Punishment, No Protection: Cambodia’s Response to Domestic Violence’
5 December 2017 5:12 pm

As part of the Global Campaign of 16 Days Activism against Gender-Based Violence, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, FORUM-ASIA member Cambodia League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (LICADHO) is publishing a new report titled ‘No Punishment, No Protection: Cambodia’s Response to Domestic Violence’. It presents evidence of the failure [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Threat to Close Down Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)
27 November 2017 6:53 pm

(Bangkok, 27 November 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) strongly condemns the latest attempt by the Cambodian authorities to silence critical voices. The threat of Prime Minister Hun Sen against the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), one of the country’s main groups advocating for human and civil rights, is [ Read more ]

Cambodia: The End of Democracy
17 November 2017 4:18 pm

(17 November 2017, Bangkok) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM‐ASIA) deplores the dissolution of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) by the Supreme Court of Cambodia yesterday. The judiciary in Cambodia is closely controlled by the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and has been increasingly used to stifle the fundamental freedoms of the [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – CSOs Call for Immediate Release of Mother Nature Cambodia Activists Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy
14 November 2017 3:48 pm

We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society organizations (CSOs), call for the immediate release of Hun Vannak and Doem Kundy, environmental activists affiliated with the recently deregistered NGO, Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC), who have been wrongfully detained for over two months on spurious charges. We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary nature of their [ Read more ]