Fri Aug 10 2018 16:43:01 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Female activists from the Boeung Kak lake community arrive at the capital’s Appeal Court for a hearing in June 2012. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has released a report noting observations about how women are treated by the Kingdom’s judiciary. Pha Lina
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has released an observational report on the rights of woman defendant’s at the Appeal Court, claiming that many weren’t granted due process.
Having monitors attend 453 trials from December 2016 to June this year, CCHR found that there were 76 cases that involved a total of 97 women.
Of the number, the report found 28 per cent did not appear at their hearings, in many cases because of a lack of communication between the Appeal Court and the detention centre.
Additionally, 26 per cent of the women weren’t represented by a lawyer, while 14 per cent appeared in court wearing their prison uniforms, which the report says is “contrary to the presumption of innocence”.
Nine of the women weren’t told about their right to a fair trial, while 13 per cent were not informed of their right to a defence lawyer.
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Japan won't be sending election monitors to Cambodia
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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Wednesday it will not be sending election monitors to Cambodia for a general election this weekend, although Tokyo - a major donor to the Southeast Asian nation - has sent such observers for numerous elections in the past.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is on course to extend his 33 years in power after the main opposition party was dissolved last year and following a crackdown on dissent, including civil society and independent media, prompting criticism by some that the election is a sham.
Cambodia announced on Tuesday that as many as 220 observers from 52 countries would monitor Sunday’s general elections.
Japan sent election monitors to Cambodian elections in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008, but Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it would not be doing so this time.
He did not give further details but noted that Japan was providing purely “practical” assistance.
“We’ve taken various opportunities to express our concerns and call on them to improve the situation,” he told an afternoon news conference, when asked about Japan’s stance on Cambodia’s human rights situation.
“In order to ensure the trust of the electoral process, we have sent experts and provided machines and technical assistance. We have supported election reform in this way.”
A Japanese foreign ministry official said Japan had made the decision after they considered the situation surrounding the Cambodian election.
The election has been criticized by the United Nations and Western countries as fundamentally flawed after last year’s dissolution of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the imprisonment of its leader, Kem Sokha.
Human rights activists gave Japan’s move mixed reviews.
“It’s heartening that Tokyo finally woke up to the reality that it’s not worth Japan’s time or reputation to formally send election monitors to observe a Cambodian election...in which the major opposition party is barred from participating,” said Kanae Doi, Human Rights Watch Japan Director.
“Had they gone, Japan’s observers likely would have been used as propaganda by the Cambodian government to cynically justify an election which will be neither genuine, nor free and fair.”
But Doi said Japan could still do more.
“Japan should still act now to freeze any ongoing assistance to the biased National Election Commission, and prepare a post-election statement that will take a hard line in pointing out the fundamental flaws in the election,” she added.
Reporting by Mari Saito, Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by Jacqueline Wong
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International Community Condemns Cambodia Elections as ‘Setback to Democracy’
30 July 2018
FILE: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing
at the White House, Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The United States has said it will take further action against the government of Cambodia following a landslide victory for the ruling party in a general election on Sunday.
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EU mission to Cambodia
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Child working in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
“The EU is proud to provide the most economically vulnerable countries of the world with free access to our market,” said Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström. “The Everything But Arms initiative has had a significant impact on development and poverty eradication in Cambodia. Nevertheless, the recent worrying developments in the country have called for a closer assessment of whether Cambodia is fulfilling its commitments.”
According to Malmström, the discussions and information gathering during our EU mission have focused on the serious decline in the area of political and electoral rights, as well as a curbing of civil society activities.
“There are also deficiencies when it comes to land dispute resolution mechanisms, and serious threats to freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. In the trade policy of the European Union, social justice is a vital aspect, including the respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and labour standards.”
The EU delegation met with several members of the Cambodian government, as well as trade unions, civil society, businesses, and the United Nations and International Labour Organisation (ILO) representatives in the country.
“Following the fact-finding mission, we will now analyse the facts in detail, and consider further steps. Removing Cambodia from the trade scheme is a measure of last resort, if all our other efforts have failed to address these concerns,” said Malmström.
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