Cambodia: Halt Harassment of Free Media and Civil Society Organisations
24 August 2017 7:31 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns recent attacks by the Cambodian Government against civil society organisations and free media in the country. These repressive measures come at a critical juncture for Cambodia, and severely compromise the legitimacy and fairness of next year’s election. On 19 August 2017, the Cambodia Daily was [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Time to Release Tep Vanny after One Year of Being Unrightfully Detained
15 August 2017 8:30 am

(Bangkok, 15 August 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the detention of the Cambodian human rights activist Tep Vanny, who completes one year in jail today. Tep Vanny, who participated in a peaceful protest in 2013, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: CSOs call on Appeal Court to overturn the unjust conviction of land activist and human rights defender Tep Vanny; for an end to judicial harassment against her, and for her release from prison #FreeTepVanny
26 July 2017 5:17 pm

Phnom Penh, 26 July 2017 – We, the undersigned, call on the Court of Appeal to overturn the unjust conviction of Ms. Tep Vanny on charges of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances based on her peaceful activism at a 2013 protest, for which she received a draconian sentence of two years and six months’ imprisonment [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Only an Independent and Credible Investigation of Kem Ley’s Murder will Ensure Justice
10 July 2017 8:30 am

(Bangkok, 10 July 2017) – On the first anniversary of the murder of prominent Cambodian activist Kem Ley, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) calls on the Cambodian authorities to ensure the investigation into his killing is independent and credible. Only a thorough investigation uncovering whether anyone else is behind Ley’s murder [ Read more ]

#Freethe5KH Campaign Welcomes the Long-Overdue Release of the Five HRDs after 14 Months of Arbitrary Detention, and Calls for all Charges against Them to be Dropped
30 June 2017 6:52 pm

Phnom Penh, 30 June 2017 – The Freethe5KH campaign welcomes the long-overdue release of human rights defenders Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda, Lim Mony and Ny Chakrya, after 427 days of arbitrary pre-trial detention, and urges the authorities to drop all charges against them. We are delighted to see our colleagues and friends restored [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: CSOs condemn discriminatory denial of medical care to #FreeThe5KH detainees
29 June 2017 10:56 am

Phnom Penh, 28 June 2017 – We, the undersigned, condemn the discriminatory and arbitrary denial of medical care to three of the five ‘#Freethe5KH’ detainees at Phnom Penh’s CC1 (Prey Sar) prison facility. Mr. Ny Sokha, Mr. Nay Vanda, and Mr. Yi Soksan have finally been granted access to doctors from the Cambodian League for [ Read more ]

HRC35 Oral Statement on the upcoming Elections in several Asian Countries
20 June 2017 12:33 pm

35th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 19 June 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA calls attention to the significance given to democracy as [ Read more ]

Cambodia: Respect Fundamental Freedoms to Ensure Free and Fair Commune Elections
3 June 2017 3:32 pm

(Bangkok, 3 June 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its grave concern over intensified restrictions on fundamental freedoms ahead of the commune elections, including intimidation and threats against human rights organisations. Remarks made by the Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, prior to the commune elections on 4 June [ Read more ]

Cambodia: New media code of conduct an attempt to restrict press freedom
19 May 2017 7:11 pm

(Bangkok, 19 May 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the imposition of a restrictive media code of conduct by the National Election Committee (NEC) ahead of the upcoming commune elections scheduled for 4 June 2017. The code of conduct includes vague language and restrictive rules, which violate the [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: Cambodian and International CSOs Condemn Removal of Banners Calling for the Release of Human Rights Defenders
10 May 2017 11:22 am

May 9, 2017 – We, the undersigned Cambodian and international civil society organizations, condemn the removal by district and commune police authorities of banners calling for the release of six human rights defenders. Banners were removed from the offices of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), the Cambodian League for the Promotion and [ Read more ]