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Cambodian Human Rights Task Force - CHRTF -

CHRTF is a human rights NGO based in Cambodia.
Ouch Leng is the head of this NGO.
The CHRTF investigates and reports on illegal logging activities, particularly rosewood logging, by corrupt officials and business leaders in Cambodia.

CHRTF has produced three important reports on what it calls ' Cambodia´s illegal logging crisis'.

The reports have exposed corruption within government agencies, and have called for the licenses of certain companies to be revoked.

Persecution against Mr. Ouch Leng

June 2015: Men in plain clothes, riding motorcycles looked for Mr. Ouch Leng at his house at night. September 2015: A CHRTF is arrested in Koh Kong, following a peaceful protest against the Chinese company Union Development Group. He was interrogated about the whereabouts of Ouch Leng, and released after admitting he worked with him. End 2015: As pressure on intimidation against Ouch Leng grew, he and his family had to move to a different province (using funds provided by international civil society supporters).

Supporting Ouch Leng

During his persecution, Ouch Leng remained in close contact with 'Civil Rights Defenders' - CRD, South East Asia team.

He has applied for, and secured, two security grants from the European Union Human Rights Defenders Fund.

Grants have provided a lifeline for Ouch Leng. With this financial support, in August he was able to publish a third report on illegal logging, published in Khmer.

In April 2016, Ouch Leng was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for Asia. This helped him, inter alia, to: raise his profile (with important security benefits), strengthen his international connections and support, and put pressure on corrupt officials and illegal loggers thanks to international media coverage.

Credits:

1. Collin Key; Burning land; February 22, 2015: (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). 2. Mark; Tragedy of the forests; February 2, 2007; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 3. William Lee-Wright; deforestation_2; July 8, 2009; (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). 4. Wikipedia. 5. Taken from The Goldman Environmental Prize.