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Off the Streets: Arbitrary Detention and Other Abuses against Sex Workers in Cambodia

Publication Year: 2010  / Sources: Human Rights Watch

In Cambodia, those tasked with upholding the law are often those who inflict some of the worst abuse. Sex workers in particular know this to be true. Women and girls involved in sex work face beatings, rape, sexual harassment, extortion, arbitrary arrest and detention, forced labor, and other cruel and degrading treatment at the hands of police, public park security guards, government officials, and those working in the centers and offices run by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation (MOSAVY).

Sex workers told Human Rights Watch that police officers beat them with their fists, sticks, wooden handles, and batons that administer electric shocks. Police officers also threatened sex workers with guns. In several instances, police officers raped sex workers while they were in police detention. Some sex workers described being detained in Social Affairs centers under horrific conditions, with restricted freedom of movement, experiencing or witnessing beatings or rapes, and inadequate food and medical care.

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Dragged and Beaten: The Cambodian Government’s Role in the October 2015 Attack on Opposition Politicians

Publication Year: 2016  / Sources: Human Rights Watch

At midday on October 26, 2015, some two dozen men viciously assaulted two opposition parliamentarians as they left Cambodia’s National Assembly following an anti-opposition demonstration outside the building. Kung Sophea and Nhay Chamraoen of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) were dragged from their cars and beaten, kicked, and stomped on.

The injuries to Sophea and Chamraoen were extensive. Sophea suffered a broken nose and welts and bruises to his head. Repeated kicks to the back resulted in severe lower back pain. He suffered a sprained finger and a bruised shin. His right eardrum was torn, requiring an operation. Chamraoen suffered three fractures in his right wrist and underwent a five-hour operation on his eye socket, as a broken bone below the eye was pushing up into the socket, endangering the eye. He also had a broken nose, a broken front tooth, a bruised left wrist, and significant chest pain.

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Protections for Marginalised Urban Women: DUTY BEARERS and Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Publication Year: 2015  / Sources: Care Cambodia

This research was funded by the Australian Government under CARE’s Protections for Marginalised Urban Women project. The contents of this research can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the Australian Government.

The specific objectives of this study are:
• To analyse the current knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of key duty bearers on GBV–including analysis on GBV in general, on GBV as it is experienced by targeted vulnerable women – and general attitudes and behaviors towards targeted vulnerable women
• To identify leverage points for change, and assess drivers of change (i.e. incentives)
• To develop recommendations to inform future interventions.

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Global Fund Opinion Report: Governance, Risk Management and Internal Control

Publication Year: 2016  / Sources: The Global Fund

The purpose of this annual opinion report is twofold: to provide Board members with an independent perspective on the maturity of the Global Fund’s internal controls, governance and risk management processes; and to highlight important challenges and opportunities for the organization to move up along the maturity curve.

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MYSTERY ON BAKER STREET: Brutal Kazakh official linked to £147m London property empire

Publication Year: 2015  / Sources: Global Witness

MYSTERY ON BAKER STREET: Brutal Kazakh official linked to £147m London property empire
Big chunks of Baker Street are owned by a mysterious figure with close ties to a former Kazakh secret police chief accused of murder and money-laundering.

The ability to hide and spend suspect cash overseas is a large part of what makes serious corruption and organised crime attractive. After all, it is difficult to stuff millions under a mattress. You need to be able to squirrel the money away in the
international financial system, and then find somewhere nice to spend it.

This briefing uncovers a troubling example of how London can be used by anyone wanting to hide their identity behind complex networks of companies and properties. Global Witness’ investigation reveals that a portfolio of real estate worth £147 million in well-known London locations appears to be currently owned by someone with ties to Rakhat Aliyev, a notorious figure from Kazakhstan, accused in the EU of money laundering and murder.

Global Witness’ investigations reveal numerous links between Rakhat Aliyev, Nurali Aliyev, and high-end London property. The majority of this property surrounds one of the city’s most famous addresses, the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes located at 221b Baker Street.1 The property included (until 2009) the freehold of the Beatles Store located at 231 Baker Street and the iconic Elvis Presley souvenir shop at 233 Baker Street.

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