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Background Information

Employment History

Britain

Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada

George Mason University

Bing

Director

Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee

Affiliations

CNRP Member
Mu Sochua

Member
Constitutional Assembly of Cambodia

Member
National Assembly

President
Human Rights Watch

Founder
Citizens Commission on Human Rights

Founder
Democratic Movement for Change

Founder
Voice of Democracy ,

Representative
The KPNLF

Member of Parliament
BLDP

Committee
President of the Senate Human Rights Committee

Education

Master of Science

Biochemistry

Institute of Chemical Technology

law degree

Royal University of Law and Economics

Web References (200 Total References)


International community calls for Kem Sokha's release

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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.
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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.


Health Checks for Kem Sokha, Working Group's Vitit and Param present report | Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

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Health Checks for Kem Sokha, Working Group's Vitit and Param present report Health Checks for Kem Sokha, Working Group's Vitit and Param present report | Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

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Health Checks for Kem Sokha, Working Group's Vitit and Param present report
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Kem Sokha with Dato Param Cumaraswamy in the Working Group meeting in Bangkok on 28 January
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Mr. Kem Sokha, chair of the Cambodian Working Group and President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), joined the meeting of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism in Bangkok, Thailand from 27 -28 January 2006. Joining Kem was Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, director of CCHR's Voice of Democracy Radio Program.
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Still recovering after his release from prison, Kem is undergoing health checks.
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In a statement released to the media on 23 January, Kem and Teang clarified that they "have not accused the government or the Prime Minister of being a traitor, of selling land to the Vietnamese or being Pol Pot II," and that the alleged banner that led to their arrest was not their intention or the intention of the CCHR.
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Kem and Teang also welcomed the government and Prime Minister Hun Sen for "having guaranteed to the court for our release on bail."
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In another statement on 17 January, Kem said that "while the release is welcomed...they will continue to do what they are doing to inform the people about human rights, democracy, freedom of expression, and issues of national concern through CCHR's public forums, radio programs and other venues."
Working Group members Vitit Muntarbhorn and Dato Param Cumaraswamy, prepared a comprehensive report on their visit to Cambodia when Kem and Teang were still in prison.


Report on the Arrest of Kem Sokha and other Public Figures | Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

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Report on the Arrest of Kem Sokha and other Public Figures

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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.
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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.
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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;
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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;
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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.


Sam Rainsy Party

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SAM RAINSY AND KEM SOKHA IN AUSTRALIA

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SAM RAINSY AND KEM SOKHA IN AUSTRALIA
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October 10, 2012 SAM RAINSY AND KEM SOKHA IN AUSTRALIA Representing the united democratic opposition, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, respectively president and future vice-president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), are currently on a 10-day visit to Australia and New Zealand.
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October 10, 2012 SAM RAINSY AND KEM SOKHA IN AUSTRALIA Representing the united democratic opposition, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, respectively president and future vice-president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), are currently on a 10-day visit to Australia and New Zealand.


15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leaders ...

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15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha march hand by hand through the streets of Phnom Penh starting a 3 day protest to contest the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.

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Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha march hand by hand through the streets of Phnom Penh starting a 3 day protest to contest the election results. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
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15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Monks bless opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
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Monks bless opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
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15/09/2013 - Phnom Penh. Thousands of CNRP supporters cheer opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
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Thousands of CNRP supporters cheer opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha after their arrival at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013.
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Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha invite the population to register their electoral irregularities at the CNRP's headquarter in Phnom Penh. 31/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti /Ruom 2013
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Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha invite people to register their electoral irregularities at the Cambodia National Rescue Party's headquarters in Phnom Penh.
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013.
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Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Vice President Kem Sokha, cheer the party's supporters gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh, for the last day of campaign for the Cambodian Election 2013. © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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I followed Rainsy (and vice president Kem Sokha) for 2 days together with Cambodia Daily's journalists Phorn Bopha and Zsombor Peter in Kompong Speu, Takeo, Kampot and Sihanoukville.
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Opposition vice president Kem Sokha, and the oposition leader, Sam Rainsy, hold a speech in during a rally in Kompong Speu. 20/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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Opposition vice president Kem Sokha, and the oposition leader, Sam Rainsy, hold a speech in during a rally in Kompong Speu.
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Bodyguards of CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and vice president, Kem Sokha, wait under the rain before (a later cancelled) rally in Kep. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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Bodyguards of CNRP leader, Sam Rainsy and vice president, Kem Sokha, wait under the rain before (a later cancelled) rally in Kep.
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Around 3000 people gather under an heavy rain in Kampot City for the rally organized by the CNRP, to listen Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy, and vice president, Kem Sokha.
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Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy holds the hand with Kem Sokha, vice president of CNRP during a rally in Kampot city. 21/07/2013 © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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Opposition Leader, Sam Rainsy holds the hand with Kem Sokha, vice president of CNRP during a rally in Kampot city.
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 - Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party.
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 - Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party.
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha cheer the thousands of supporters of the CNRP party, who filled the street of Phnom Penh. 19/07/2013 - Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha cheer the thousands of supporters of the CNRP party, who filled the street of Phnom Penh.
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party. 19/07/2013 - Phnom Penh © Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom 2013
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Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha leave the airport of Phnom Penh surrounded by thousands of supporters of the CNRP party.

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