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Human Rights and Rule of Law in Cambodia

Hearing Thursday, September 10, 2009 1 PM Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building

This hearing will take place at 1 PM on 9/10/2009, in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing is open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the media and the interested public.

Thursday, September 10, 2009
1 PM
Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building
Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at a hearing on the status of human rights and the rule of law in Cambodia. On July 29, The Washington Post reported, "a heightened crackdown on journalists and opposition activists...has provoked new concern that the government [of Cambodia] is engaging in widespread abuse of the nation's legal system to muzzle its detractors." On August 4, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found opposition parliamentarian Mu Sochua guilty of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen.

According to the 2008 State Department Human Rights report, current labor law in Cambodia provides only private-sector workers the right to join a trade union without prior authorization, but the government's enforcement of the law has been selective. Additionally, despite the 2001 law requiring land titling for communal land of indigenous peoples, little was done to implement this law and there have been several reported incidences of indigenous peoples being forced to leave their land without compensation. These issues are part of a concerning trend in the Cambodian government's overall human rights record.
Mu Sochua, member of Parliament, Sam Rainsy Party

Pung Kek, founder, LICADHO

Moeun Tola, head of labor program, Community Legal Education Center

Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director, Human Rights Watch

If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC

Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


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