Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - WAT DEFIANCE





speaker emphasizes a point at a forum held by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights

(CCHR) at Wat Svay Poper in Phnom Penh on May 31.

The rally is only the second CCHR event to be held at a temple since Tep Vong, supreme

patriarch of the Mohanika Buddhist order, announced a ban on using temples for the

purpose of rallies in February 2005.

About 300 people attended the forum, including at least 30 monks and a dozen security

guards. Speakers from the public addressed a panel consisting of Lao Mong Hay, head

of legal unit at the Center for Social Development, Sok Sam Oeun, executive director

of the Cambodian Defenders Project and Yim Sovann, a Sam Rainsy Party MP.

Kem Sokha, director of CCHR, was too busy to attend the event, said an assistant.

The first forum was held at Wat Tang Kok in Kampong Thom on May 25.


  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all