Author: Edward Gough

Nestlé and human rights due diligence: Implications for company risk and impacts in LDC’s

Executive Summary: Nestlé’s white paper on human rights, produced in November 2013 represents the first time a company has publicly commented upon the assessment of its impact on human rights in its operations and supply chain.  It has, in places, given an appraisal of the difficulties they have had in adhering to human rights norms, and how they plan to address these actual and potential risks of...

Protesting without permission: A brief analysis of freedom of assembly laws in Cambodia

In the wake of Cambodia’s contested election results, public gatherings and demonstrations have become increasingly common. The most recent discourse in this area has identified a lack of clarity regarding what constitutes a demonstration according to the law, when permission is needed from local authorities and when simple notification will suffice.  This briefing note takes a look at what the La...

Cambodia: Does the boycott of CNRP seats in the Assembly amount to a forfeiture?

The CNRP has threatened to boycott the National Assembly over allegations of irregularities and inaccuracies in the reporting of the election results on 28 July, but Prime Minister Hun Sen has warned the main opposition party that they will forfeit their seats if they carry out such a threat.  But is Hun Sen’s warning constitutionally possible? What are the possibilities if a party refuses to take...

Cambodge : Est-ce que le boycott par le CNRP des sièges à l’Assemblée Nationale équivaut à un renoncement ?

Le CNRP a menacé de boycotter l’Assemblée nationale sur les allégations d’irrégularités et des inexactitudes dans la déclaration des résultats des élections du 28 Juillet, mais le Premier ministre Hun Sen a prévenu le principal parti d’opposition qu’ils perdront leurs sièges s’ils mettent cette menace à exécution. Mais est-ce que cet avertissement est valable constitu...

Headspace Diary – Entry 1: DJ team starts meditation

Headspace Diary – Entry 1: The Beginning Due to the nature of our work and the potentially challenging issues we encounter, the team at Destination Justice have started meditating to help create a more equanimous, constructive and level way to work with these situations. Originating from Buddhist and Eastern spiritual practice, meditation has recently come under the spotlight of neuroscienti...

Cambodia: 2013 Election Analysis – A Practical Perspective

The provisional results of the 2013 elections have been announced, with Minister of Information, Khieu Kanharith declaring a victory for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). In the statement released on Sunday night, the Minister announced that the ruling party had won 68 of the National Assembly’s 123 seats, whilst the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) won 55 seats,...

Myanmar: UN chief welcomes release of dozens of political prisoners

On Tuesday 23 July 2013, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the release of 73 political prisoners in Myanmar, as well as the announcement by the country’s leader that the rest will be freed by the end of the year. The military junta, which ruled Myanmar for decades, had long denied the existence of political prisoners, but hundreds of dissidents have been freed since Thein Sein took power two ...

Cambodge: L’appel du Yorm Bopha – Le conflit du Lac Boeung Kak en bref

Yorm Bopha, une fervente militant des droits fonciers, particulièrement impliquée dans le conflit du lac Boeung Kak, avait reçu une condamnation pour violence volontaire avec circonstances aggravantes confirmée par la Cour d’appel. La décision, rendue le 15 Juin 2013, a été fortement critiquée par les groupes de défense des droits de l’homme au Cambodge, de nombreux commentateurs quali...