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The CCHR is a non-political, independent, non-governmental organization which works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights throughout Cambodia. We focus primarily on civil and political rights, although we work on a variety of interlinke... more.
CCHR is a Cambodian non-governmental organization based in Phnom Penh and was established by Mr. Kem Sokha, a popular former parliamentarian, former Senate member, and human rights activist.Since 2003, Radio VOD has became instrumental in rallying the biggest number of people in participating and supporting public activities organized by CCHR such as the signature campaign for the released of detained human rights activists (Mr. Kem Sokha and Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, among others), the 50-kilometer freedom march in 2006, and the second freedom march from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap in 2007.In 2007, Mr. Kem Sokha resigned as the President of CCHR and decided to organize his own party, the Human Rights Party.
International community calls for Kem Sokha's release
01Jan06--Cambodian human rights advocate Kem Sokha steadily receives the international community's support for his release after he was arrested last week on charges of defamatory remarks against the Cambodian government. Although the organizers claimed that the handwritten remarks did not come from them and that the banners were put down after they took notice, Sokha and another activist Yeng Virak, Director of the Community Legal Education Center, were arrested by the Cambodian police on 31 December 2005. Kem Sokha is the executive director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. He had been elected as a member of the National Assembly and Senator, respectively, and used to head the human rights committees of both. The Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism affirms the international community's call for the release of Kem Sokha and others. The Working Group is an informal coalition of individuals and groups working with ASEAN governments and civil society towards the establishment of an intergovernmental human rights mechanism in Southeast Asia. It is organized into national working groups composed of representatives of government institutions, parliamentary human rights committees, academe, and non-government organizations. Kem Sokha is the Chair of the Cambodian Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism.
Report on the Arrest of Kem Sokha and other Public Figures
There is a Cambodian working group, and a key member of that national working group is Kem Sokha, an eminent human rights defender and the director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. On 31 December 2005, Kem Sokha was arrested by the Cambodian authorities on charges of criminal defamation against the Government, resulting in his pre-trial detention. The arrest of Kem Sokha triggered the concern of the Working Group in regard to the declining human rights situation in Cambodia, affecting human rights defenders, including those belonging to the Cambodian working group. This was the primary reason why , at short notice, the Working Group sent two of its members, Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand) and Param Cumaraswamy (Malaysia) to Phnom Penh to appraise the situation , to try to visit Kem Sokha and to explore future options. The arrest of Kem Sokha is one of several recent arrests and charges brought against human rights defenders and well known public figures by the Cambodian authorities on grounds of criminal defamation. These incidents have added to the "climate of fear" emanating from government-related practices. This was noted by several people with whom the Working Group members talked. The circumstances behind the arrest were that the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, and other NGOs, including the Community Legal Education Centre, were part of the organizing committee of a public event to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2005, which had been authorized by the authorities. One banner belonging to the Cambodian Center for Human Rights had additional comments written on it, including a comment which gave rise to the defamation charges - it allegedly accused the Prime Minister of Cambodia of "selling land" to Vietnam. Kem Sokha , Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights was arrested with Yeng Virak, Director of the Community Legal Education Centre on 31 December 2005. Later, Kem Sokha's deputy, Pa Nguon Teang, was also arrested. On a positive note, at the time of the visit of members of the Working Group, Yeng Virak was released on bail, although the defamation charges had not been dropped. However, the bail application of Kem Sokha had been rejected at first instance and was pending appeal before a higher court. Both Kem Sokha and his deputy were in pre-trial detention in a Phnom Penh prison. While Kem Sokha's lawyers had periodic access to him in prison, Kem Sokha's wife had only been permitted to visit once; however, on the day when the Working Group members talked to his wife, they were informed that Kem's wife had been told she would be granted permission to visit him twice a week. We understand that during the week following our visit she was given permission to visit him four times a month; Kem Sokha has health problems needing attention from his own doctor; to date his doctor has had no access to him; a medical report from his doctor should also be prepared and given to the prison authorities and to the judge considering his bail application; given the poor conditions of the prison, Kem Sokha's health has been affected negatively; Regrettably, the Working Group members were unable to visit Kem Sokha as permission had not yet been granted for them to visit, prior to their departure from Phnom Penh; Ensure that Kem Sokha's family and doctor have access to him consistently in any event; the need for such humanitarian access pertains to the situation of all prisoners; Enable a medical report on Kem Sokha's health to be prepared by his doctor and ensure that it is taken into account by the prison authorities and the judge considering his bail application, for the sake of humane treatment; Kem Sokha and other public figures were released on bail after the visit of the Working Group members, primarily due to foreign pressure from many sources.
Embattled Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha emerged today from the party's headquarters for the first time since government forces tried to arrest him in May as he registered to vote in 2017 local élections
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodia-national-rescue-party-leader-kem-10052016141346.html Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and human rights activist, Kem Sokha remains holed up in the party headquarters where he plans to stay while the Prime Minister ramps up attacks against him http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-19/cambodias-government-threatens-to-crush-protests-as-acting-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-vows-to-stay/1618736 Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha sentenced to five months in prison Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for refusing to appear in court as hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and hundreds more convened at the CNRP's headquarters, where he has been holed up since May https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/cambodia-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-sentenced-five-months-prison Kem Sokha, the most senior opposition leader in Cambodia is reportedly evading authorities who stormed his party's headquarters and his car in an attempted arrest this morning https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/cambodia-kem-sokh Cambodia: Senior opposition leader Kem Sokha removed from legislative post Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued summonses for CNRP president Sam Rainsy and vice president Kem Sokha to appear in court on January 14 over their role in the demonstrations that turned violent. Cambodia's opposition not allowed to pay tribute to late King Father: Kem Sokha Kem Sokha, acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said on Monday that overnment authorities are not allowing his party pay tribute to the late King Father's statue near Independence Monument. Cambodia National Rescue Party to go into the Royal Palace to commemorate the one-year anniversary of King Father Norodom Sihanouk's death, > he said Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been summoned to appear in court on Thursday for questioning over controversial comments he allegedly made denying the notorious Khmer Rouge regime's atrocities, but his party said he would ignore the order. The summons on Kem Sokha, the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was related to a lawsuit filed by four survivors of the Khmer Rouge-era Tuol Sleng prison who claim he said that the jail was staged by Vietnamese soldiers who ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Kem Sokha, the NRP's deputy president, said the party was holding back the candidates' list in anticipation of election reforms urgently needed to ensure that the July 28 polls are free and fair http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/strife-05092013182255.html
Kem Sokha is a member of Parliament in Cambodia, the founder of the Human Rights Party, and vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.