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Human Rights Defender Tep Vanny Convicted

63 civil society groups, including NGO-CEDAW signed a joint statement against the unjust conviction of woman human rights defender Tep Vanny.  She has been detained since August 2016 was convicted on February 23, 2017 of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and sentenced to two years and six months’ imprisonment in relation to a protest which took place in 2013.

No live evidence was presented in court, just identical written statements from witnesses, so no cross-examination could be conducted.  Her accusers are para-police (security guards who work with the military police) known to deliberately attack peaceful protesters.

Meanwhile, peaceful protesters outside the courtroom were forceably dragged away, and in some cases beaten by members of another para-police unit.

Joint statement in English

Joint statement in Khmer


ការចុះឈ្មោះអ្នកសង្គេតការណ៍បោះឆ្នោត / Election Observer Registration

សេចក្ដីជូនដំណឹង៖ ការដាក់ពាក្យសុំចុះឈ្មោះអ្នកសង្កេតការណ៍ជាតិ អន្តរជាតិ និងភ្នាក់ងារគណបក្សនយោបាយសំរាប់ការបោះឆ្នោតជ្រើសរើសក្រុមប្រឹក្សាឃុំ សង្កាត់អណិ្តទី៤ឆ្នាំ២០១៧។

Announcement from NEC inviting applications for registration to be an election observer or political party agents to monitor the 2017 commune council elections.

2017 observer registration KH

Amending the DV Law

NGO-CEDAW continues to call for amendments to the law on domestic violence.  The law should clearly identify which criminal laws should be applied to domestic violence situations.  This week, one man beat his wife, used a knife against her, then tied her up, covered her in gasoline and tried to light her on fire.  He is being charged with violence against a spouse rather than more serious charges such as torture and cruel acts or attempting to commit murder.

Dignity Project Art Online

NGO-CEDAW’s Dignity Project has new art that can be viewed online.

The Siem Reap-based dance group New Cambodian Artists presented Kom Lang Satrey (‘Power Women’) during the 16 Days Campaign in November 2016. A film collage based on the performance can be viewed here.


HEfilm stillM Vanna’s documentary film, Where Do I Belong? explores the experiences of transgender women who rise above discrimination through Aspara dance.  The film can be viewed here.

Dignity Project reception on 24 November 2016 at 4pm

NGO-CEDAW is excited to share the work of young Cambodian artists giving a new perspective on the impact of gender-based violence in society.

Come see new film, dance and sculpture by Cambodian artists. Event begins at 4pm and will include food and beverages. At the Institut Français du Cambodge
No. 218, Keo Chea (St. 184), 12211 Phnom Penh

More information on our Facebook page: Dignity Project- Beyond Domestic Violence