“Skin on the Cable”
The Illegal Arrest, Arbitrary Detention and Torture of People Who Use Drugs in Cambodia
Cambodians who use drugs confound the notion that drug dependence is a self-inflicted condition that results from a character disorder or moral failing. When Human Rights Watch talked with these people, they were invariably softly spoken and polite. They talked openly and honestly about difficult childhoods (in many cases still underway) living on the streets, or growing up in refugee camps in Thailand. Often young and poorly educated, they spoke of using drugs for extended periods of time. Despite many hardships in their lives, their voices rarely became bitter except when describing their arrest and detention in government drug detention centers. They did not mince words when describing these places. One former detainee, Kakada, was particularly succinct: “I think this is not a rehab center but a torturing center.Download: English | Khmer
Human Trafficking Vulnerabilities in ASIA:
A Study on Forced Marriage Between Cambodia and China
This report examines patterns of forced marriage in the context of broader migratory flows between Cambodia and China. It primarily draws on the accounts of 42 Cambodian women who experienced conditions of forced marriage, with interviews having taken place in both countries. Key informants from government and non-government stakeholders in Cambodia and China were consulted as well.
The objective has been to analyze recruitment, brokering, transportation and exploitation patterns as well as the links between these; to determine service needs amongst Cambodians trafficked to China for forced marriage, in China, during the repatriation process and upon return to Cambodia; as well as to identify opportunities for interventions to prevent forced marriages from occurring and to extend protective services to those in need, at both policy and programming levels.
They Will Need Land!
The current land tenure situation and future land allocation needs of smallholder farmers in Cambodia
The objective of this background paper is to provide a succinct description of the land tenure situation in Cambodia and, on that basis, discuss the needs smallholder farmers have for land, projected up to the year 2030. The main problem it examines lies at the intersection between, on one hand, the demographic increase in the rural smallholder population and its associated need for land in the future (the demand side) and, on the other hand, the possibility offered by the different land tenure regimes to meet this demand (the supply side); the central question focuses on how supply can meet demand.Download: English | Khmer
Legal Analysis aims to examine whether the charging of the four charged persons, along with the lengthy pre-trial detention ofthe three detainees, is reasonable and sufficiently supported by the available evidence. This Legal Analysis:
1. Provides factualcontext and background for the case
2. Introduces the facts of the case, the charges against all four charged persons, thedetention of three of the charged persons, and the enforced exile of Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson from Cambodia
3. Providesan overview of the applicable domestic law and binding international human rights standards
4. Conducts an analysis of thecharges and applies the law to the reported facts
5. Explores a number of related legal issues, including Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson’s right to be present at his trial, and the legality of the prolonged pre-trial detention of the other three detainees
6. Concludes that the prolonged pre-trial detention of the three activists is arbitrary, the accessory offense is inappropriate inrelation to Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, and the charge against the three detained charged persons is unfounded due to thelack of evidence against those charged.
This report by UNDP and U4 highlights experiences from Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, *Nepal, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, and Somalia in promoting transparency and accountability within the judiciary. It looks at codes of conduct and internal oversight mechanisms for strengthening integrity and accountability, such as judicial councils, and the vetting of judges as an instrument of last resort in contexts of transitional justice. The report also explores the potential of inclusive approaches and the use of new technologies to involve the broader community in judicial reform processes.Download: English | Khmer
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, called on the Cambodian authorities to further strengthen the protection of women and indigenous peoples’ rights in the country.Download: English | Khmer
The present analysis is a contribution to the consideration of the draft law. It provides an analysis of some key aspects of the initiative, in order to provide constructive elements to the process of drafting the Law on Trade Unions, which integrates the relevant international human rights standards.Download: English | Khmer
The new Law on Telecommunications (“Telecoms Law”) poses a severe threat to freedom of expression in Cambodia, targeting not only online public expression but also any private communications made using telecommunications devices.Download: English | Khmer
Enabling environment is the new development trend in democratic development. Whilst Cambodia following several reform through the rectangular strategy at the national level, and decentralization and deconcentration for better develop at sub-national administration. Moreover, the roles of CSOs are important notice as they play one of the key development actors.Download: English | Khmer
Being a human rights treaty body member is highly rewarding. The treaties and the work of the treaty bodies underpin the international human rights system. A treaty body member is at the centre of the interpretation and application of international human rights treaty law, and contributes to the promotion, protection and implementation of human rights at the national level.Download: English | Khmer