Cambodia reviewed at 6th session of UPR
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 14:52


On the afternoon of 1 December 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Cambodia.  The delegation was led by Mr. Ith Rady, the Secretary of State of the Ministry of Justice. Many States complimented Cambodia’s efforts toward respecting human rights, particularly in the context of its ‘tragic’ past. However, a significant number also raised a broad number of very serious concerns, and recommendations were made in the following areas: 

  • The Cambodian judiciary needs reform due to a serious lack of independence that prevents people from being protected against human rights abuses or receiving justice or redress for abuses suffered.
  • Cambodia has a huge problem with corruption in both government and the judiciary and needs to adopt anti-corruption legislation leading to the prosecution of perpetrators.
  • There are numerous cases of forced evictions due to the Government’s policy of land redistribution that is supposed to give land to those who need it, but in reality is resulting in people being forced from their homes and resettled to areas that are far from their original home, and where they don’t have access to water and sanitation.
  • Advancing education and reducing illiteracy, particularly for females and the disabled. Cambodia has shown evidence of higher enrollment in schools, however there is still a problem with females staying in school due to other obligations like early marriage and labor exploitation.
  • Women have few legal rights in practice; they do not enjoy the same status as men and are subject to domestic violence without the opportunity to bring civil claims against their attackers.
  • Human trafficking of women and children continues to be a major issue in the county and the efforts against this need to be intensified.
  • Efforts need to be made to protect human rights defenders because they are frequently subject to intimidation, arrest and detention.
  • The mandate and powers of a National Human Rights Institutions hasn’t been agreed upon, and skepticism was raised of the political will of the Cambodian government to establish a NHRI in accordance with the Paris Principles.


Nine States were unable to present their recommendations due to time constraints.


On 3 December, the Working Group adopted the draft report on Cambodia. Cambodia took all of the 91 recommendations made to it under considration and will provide its replies in time for the adoption of the outcome by the Human Rights Council.

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