Constitutional Council: State of Emergency Law Constitutionalised

AKP Phnom Penh, April 27, 2020 —

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia (CCC) has announced the constitutionality of the Law on the Management of the Nation in Emergency.

According to a press release of CCC issued after its plenary meeting held here this morning under the chairmanship of its President H.E. Im Chhun Lim, CCC unanimously approved that the Law on the Management of the Nation in Emergency is constitutionalised.

The five-chapter of twelve-article Law on the Management of the Nation in Emergency was approved by the National Assembly on April 10 and then by the Senate a week later.

Aiming at protecting national security and public order, people’s lives and health as well as assets and environment, the law outlines formalities, procedures and conditions for the declaration of a state of emergency, and necessary measures taken by the Royal Government when the nation is in a state of emergency.

A state of emergency is declared when the nation faces dangers such as war or foreign invasion, public health concerns caused by pandemics, serious chaos to national security and public order, and severe calamity threatening or causing nationwide dangers.

Recently, the Ministry of Justice has explained that the Law on the Management of the Nation in Emergency will be implemented only after the state of emergency was declared. While 70 countries around the world have declared the state of emergency amid the COVID-19 crisis,​ it is not necessary for Cambodia to do so thanks to the current good situation – no new infection case reported for 15 days in a row and almost all confirmed cases successfully cured.

(Photo: CCC)

By C. Nika