Cambodia Committed to Engage in All HRs Mechanisms

AKP Phnom Penh, February 29, 2020 —

H.E. An Sokkhoeurn, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Geneva has reiterated the country’s commitment to engage in all human rights mechanisms.

The following is his remarks at the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council on Feb. 27 in Geneva:

“Madam President Madam High Commissioner!

It with great dismay that the report of the High Commissioner on Cambodia was advised with unverified, selective and biased sources of information, rejecting substantial achievements on the ground.

Just to highlight a few examples! Cambodia is a home to nearly 6,000 registered NGOs. To address their challenges, my government holds regular partnership forum with the civil society, with the fourth one held on 03 Feb 2020. Through a working group, both sides have agreed to amend 9 out of 17 articles of the NGOs Law. The government remains committed to this dialogue.

In Cambodia, all citizens are equally treated before the law regardless of their political affiliations, professions or social status as enshrined in article 31 of the Constitution. Human rights are contingent. They carry with them special duties and responsibilities as prescribed in article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Cambodia remains committed to engaging in all human rights mechanisms. As a state party to eight core human rights conventions of the UN, Cambodia fulfills obligations under the treaty bodies. Cambodia remains the first and oldest country hosting a field presence of the OHCHR, and has accepted mandate of six Country Special Rapporteurs since 1993. Last year, Cambodia undertook the third cycle of the UPR, and renewed the mandate the Special Rapporteur, who will visit Cambodia later this year.

I thank you!”

By C. Nika