• Violence against human rights and other activists in Cambodia increased in the run-up to national elections in July 2013. Prime Minister Hun Sen has kept himself in office more than 27 years through force and intimidation, making him one of the world’s leaders longest in power. Violence involving state security forces occurred amidst increasing land grabs by powerful business and security interests, often through official corruption in unbridled foreign investment. Labor unrest grew as workers’ rights were suppressed. The opposition party leader remains exiled in France rather than face prison in Cambodia on politically motivated charges. Cambodian judicial officers continue to implement Hun Sen’s pronouncements by refusing to investigate additional Khmer Rouge suspects for the Khmer Rouge special tribunal.

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  • Garment workers and union leaders protest for better working conditions on International Labor Day in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2013.
    The Cambodian government should ensure that garment factories stop intimidating and threatening workers seeking to form unions and assert their labor rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should cease banning public demonstrations and using security forces to disperse worker protests, and instead enforce the country’s labor laws.

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  • Apr 9, 2014
    The Cambodian authorities have no credible evidence and should drop the case against 13 people facing politically motivated charges of planning to overthrow the government, Human Rights Watch said today. A verdict in the case, which was filed months before the July 2013 national elections, is scheduled for April 11, 2014.
  • Mar 23, 2014
    We, the undersigned civil society groups, express our deep concern over the disappearance of Khem Sophath, a 16-year-old boy missing since the violent crackdown by Cambodian security forces against striking garment workers on 3 January 2014 near the Canadia Industrial area on Veng Sreng road, Phnom Penh. We call on the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) to take all appropriate measures to immediately, thoroughly and impartially investigate Khem Sophath’s disappearance and inform his family of his fate or whereabouts.
  • Feb 19, 2014
    The Cambodian authorities should drop charges and release a teenage boy and five young men against whom the prosecution presented no credible evidence of criminal activity at their hearing on February 17, 2014 at a Phnom Penh court.
  • Feb 19, 2014
    We write to you on the eve of your visit to Cambodia to urge you to put human rights at the top of your agenda.
  • Feb 14, 2014
    Cambodian security personnel used excessive force against housing rights protesters occupying an unfinished building in Phnom Penh on February 14, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. Security forces beat and otherwise assaulted protesting residents in the neighborhood of Borei Keila, injuring at least five, including a pregnant woman and two teenagers. Another resident was reportedly hit by a rock. Three of the injured required hospital treatment.
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  • Feb 9, 2014
    Cambodian authorities should release 21 activists and workers held since early January 2014, 12 international human rights and labor rights organizations said today in an open letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen. The 21 are among 23 people detained during and after a crackdown on strikes and social unrest in Phnom Penh, the capital. The government should also lift its total ban on public gatherings.
  • Feb 2, 2014
    The Cambodian government should ensure that garment factories stop intimidating and threatening workers seeking to form unions and assert their labor rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should cease banning public demonstrations and using security forces to disperse worker protests, and instead enforce the country’s labor laws.
  • Jan 27, 2014
    United Nations member countries should press the Cambodian government on its failure to keep previous commitments and demand that it fulfill new rights pledges.