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Rights Groups Call for Decisive Action on International Day for Victims

(New York) – The Bangladesh government has failed to address widespread allegations of torture and ill-treatment by its security forces, ten rights groups said on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The groups called on the…
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officials stand alert inside a truck in front of Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 20, 2021.
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One Year Anniversary of Wanchalearm Satsaksit’s Abduction

(New York) – The Cambodian authorities have failed to seriously investigate the enforced disappearance of the prominent Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit in Phnom Penh one year ago, Human Rights Watch said today. During this time, Thailand’s…
Sitanun Satsaksit holds a portrait of her brother, Wanchalearm, who was forcibly disappeared while living in exile in Cambodia on June 4, 2020. 
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Documentary Alleges Links Between General Aziz and Security Force Abuses

(New York) – The United Nations should use its meetings with senior Bangladeshi military officials next week to protest attempts to use the UN as cover for abuses at home, seven human rights groups said today. The UN should announce a comprehensive…
Army chief General Aziz Ahmed (R) looks on during a program in a refugee camp in Ukhia on November 24, 2019.
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Muted Response from Donors Emboldens Hun Sen

(Bangkok, January 13, 2021) – The Cambodian government passed draconian laws and arbitrarily detained over 60 activists, journalists, and political opposition members in the past year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2021. The…
Supporters of Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, shout slogans in front of Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Saturday, August 1, 2020. 
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Peaceful Protesters Demanding Implementation of Paris Agreements Harassed, Arrested

(Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should stop arbitrarily arresting, harassing, and threatening activists who participated in and organized protests on the anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements on October 23, 1991, Human Rights Watch said…
Activists at protests on October 23, commemorating the 29th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords in front of the US embassy in Phnom Penh." (Source: LICADHO).”
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Video Shows Unexplained Wealth of “Dirty Dozen” as Number of Political Prisoners Mounts

(New York) – Cambodia’s increasingly dictatorial, one-party rule is underpinned by generals in the security forces who are responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today as it issued the Khmer-…
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Trip Covers Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar

(Tokyo) – Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi should forcefully raise human rights concerns on an upcoming regional trip, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the foreign minister. Motegi will visit Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Laos,…
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi meets the media in Tokyo on May 28, 2020. 
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Pursuit of Justice for Serious Crimes Continues Amidst Challenges

July 17 marks International Criminal Justice Day, commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a moment to reflect on the importance of obtaining justice for…
Members of Myanmar's Rohingya ethnic minority walk through rice fields after crossing the border into Bangladesh near Cox's Bazar's Teknaf area, September 5, 2017.
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Suspend Debt Collection, Stop Coerced Land Sales

(Bangkok) – Debt relief measures by micro-loan providers in Cambodia are failing to alleviate the serious financial burdens on indebted families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. Indebted families risk having to sell…
 The National Bank of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, January 2011. © 2011 Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Appoint Independent Commission of Inquiry, Seek UN Assistance

July 9, 2020 Today, on the fourth anniversary of the killing of prominent political commentator and human rights defender Kem Ley, we, the 30 undersigned organizations, call on the Cambodian authorities to create an independent Commission of Inquiry to…
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EU Should Press for Dismissal of Kem Sokha Case

(Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally drop bogus treason charges against the political opposition leader Kem Sokha, Human Rights Watch said today. On December 2, 2019, a Phnom Penh court sent his case, pending…
Cambodia National Rescue Party's President Kem Sokha greets media after a meeting with French Ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh at his house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
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EU Should Demand Restoration of Kem Sokha’s Political Rights

(Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally dismiss all charges against the political opposition leader Kem Sokha and let him resume his political activities, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should…
Cambodia National Rescue Party's President Kem Sokha greets media after a meeting with French Ambassador to Cambodia Eva Nguyen Binh at his house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019.
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End Arbitrary Arrests, Detention of Party Activists and Supporters

(Bangkok) – The Cambodian government should permit exiled opposition leaders to return to Cambodia and freely resume political activities, Human Rights Watch said today. As part of the crackdown on the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (…
Police officers paint on barricades at the park near the residence of Cambodian's Prime Minister Hun Sen in the preparation for Saturday's Independent Day event, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
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End Restrictions on Movement, Internet; Investigate Killings of 4

(New York) – The Bangladesh government should end restrictions on Rohingya refugees’ freedom of movement and access to the internet and online communications, Human Rights Watch said today. Government restrictions have intensified following a…
Rohingya refugees gather in the open field at kutupalong refugee camp to commemorate the second anniversary of the 2017 crisis when they were forced to flee from their northern Rakhine state homes in Myanmar escaping a brutal military crackdown. According
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A Rohingya Widow’s Call for Justice

Rahama Khatun’s husband, Shaker Ahmed, has been dead for two years. He was massacred alongside nine other ethnic Rohingya men in the village of Inn Din, in northern Rakhine State, by Myanmar security officers and local Buddhist…
Rahama Khatun holds up photos of her husband who was massacred in Myanmar’s Inn Din village on September 2, 2017, in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, Bangladesh, August 14, 2019.
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Immediately Drop Bogus Case Against Kem Sokha

 (New York) – Cambodian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release opposition party leader Kem Sokha from house arrest and drop the politically motivated criminal case against him, Human Rights Watch said today. Sokha, president of…
Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party President Kem Sokha shows off his ballot before voting in local elections in Chak Angre Leu on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, June 4, 2017.
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Keisuke Honda to Coach Cambodia National Team Under Notorious General

(New York) – The international football star Keisuke Honda’s agreement to coach Cambodia’s national soccer team links him to a senior Cambodian official implicated in killings and alleged war crimes, Human Rights Watch said on December 3, 2018, in…
Former Japan football player Keisuke Honda walks on the pitch during his debut as coach of Cambodia's national football team at a friendly match against Malaysia, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, September 10, 2018.
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Conditions Unsafe Until Myanmar Ensures Rights, Security

(New York) – The Bangladesh government should follow the recommendations of senior United Nations refugee and human rights officials and immediately halt the proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said today. The…
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Human Rights Council Panel commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Genocide Convention, I wish to address the crucial role of the International Criminal Court in realizing its ideals. This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the ICC’s…
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