Cambodia’s Human Rights Record to Be Reviewed Next Week

AKP Phnom Penh, January 25, 2019 —


Cambodia’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, according to UN Human Rights’ press release.


The delegation of Cambodia will be headed by Mr. Keo Remy, President of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee.


Cambodia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its session taking place from Jan. 21 to Feb. 01, while the country’s first and second UPR reviews took place in December 2009 and January 2013, respectively.


The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organisations and civil society groups.


UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN Member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles. During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.


By Khan Sophirom