Cambodia Reassures UN Rapporteur of Democracy Progress

President of Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has reassured visiting United National Special Rapporteur that Cambodia's democracy and respect of human rights are progressing well.

CHRC President H.E. Keo Remy told the special rapporteur Ms. Rhona Smith during their meeting here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

The assurance followed concerns over Cambodia's democracy and respect of human rights after the country's amendment to the constitution and criminal code raised by Ms. Rhona Smith.

While the constitution modification intends to reduce the size of the cabinet of ministers so as to promote its efficiency, underlined CHRC president, the improvement of criminal code is to protect His Majesty the King.

He continued that the effort also intends to discourage individual or group whose activities implicate national interests and security, and to prevent foreign interference in Cambodian affairs.

UN rapporteur Ms. Rhona Smith began her ten-day follow-up visit in Cambodia on Mar. 5.

In addition to meeting with CHRC as well as senior government's officials, she has also scheduled meetings with other parties, including representatives from civil society organisations, foreign diplomats to Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press