Cambodia: NGOs call for heightened scrutiny by UN

The ICJ has joined other civil society organisations in calling for increased scrutiny of human rights violations in Cambodia, at the upcoming session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The joint letter to all Member and Observer States of the Council emphasises that the Cambodian government’s actions before and since the July 2018 election demonstrate a comprehensive campaign to use violence, intimidation and courts that lack judicial independence to silence or eliminate the political opposition, independent media, and civil society groups critical of the government.

It calls on the Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution requesting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to monitor and report on the situation of human rights in Cambodia and outline actions the government should take to comply with its international human rights obligations.

The letter also says that the High Commissioner should report to the Council at its 45th session followed by an Enhanced Interactive Dialogue with participation of the Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, other relevant UN Special Procedures, and members of local and international civil society.

The full letter can be downloaded in PDF format here: Cambodia-UN statement-Advocacy-OpenLetter-2019-ENG

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