On the occasion of Labor Day, 1 May 2014, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights(“CCHR”) calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) to commit to protecting and promoting labor and workers’ rights in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”). Although human rights violations are rampant, the RGC has done little to concretely address these problems, despite its legal obligations to do so.
The Cambodia Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) expresses grave concerns over the severe measures taken by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday 22 April 2014 to restrict the union rights of Mr. Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (“CCAWDU”). Originally charged in March 2014, the Court on Tuesday ordered Mr. Ath Thorn to stay away from the SL Garment Factory in Phnom Penh and its workers, and to avoid public gatherings that could “damage the public order” or face pre-trial detention.
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) launches today – 28 February 2014 –a new Business and Human Rights Web Portal and releases updated data on garment factories and supply chains in the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”). The Business and Human Rights Portal and the updated database on garment factories in Cambodia are available on CCHR’s award-winning Cambodian Human Rights Web Portal at www.sithi.org.
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) is greatly concerned by the statement released by the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (“GMAC”) on 18 December 2013, claiming that the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) appears to be too patient in dealing with unions. GMAC represents more than 400 garment and footwear factories in the country and claims in its statement that “crafty” unions constantly use violent, non-procedural strikes and demonstrations to demand benefits from the employer.
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) strongly condemns the violent turn of events during today’s – 12 November 2013 – protest by hundreds of garment workers from the SL Garment Factory, which produces garments for the Gap and H&M. Strikes and protests at the SL Garment Factory have been ongoing since early August, with workers asking for a wage increase, the reinstatement of meal breaks and the removal of military police hired by the factory as security guards, demands which have remained unanswered by the factory’s management. The protestors today were attempting to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house near the Independence Monument in central Phnom Penh, but were stopped by security forces in the capital’s Meanchey district, where the factory is located.
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) publishes today – 30 June 2013 – a map of garment factories operating in Cambodia and their supply chains (the “Garment Factory Map”). The Garment Factory Map provides detailed profiles for each factory, including the factory’s location, the nationality of the owner, the types of products manufactured, the number of employees and, where available, the specific brands supplied. The information is gathered from official records of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (“GMAC”) and from news media and relevant publications in Khmer or English.