Cambodia Responds to High Commissioner’s Allegations about Human Rights Situation in the Country

Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the United Nations Office and Other International Organisations at Geneva, H.E. Ney Sam Ol, has expressed his regret over the High Commissioner's allegations about human rights situation in Cambodia.

In his statement at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva in Switzerland, H.E. Ney Sam Ol said premising on unverified or incredible sources, the High Commissioner insubstantially alleged that some measures taken purely to maintain law and order, to uphold peace, stability, and development by legitimate authorities including the necessary amendment of some laws are curtailing freedom of expression and shrinking political space.

Like other democratic countries, my government is bound by a duty to enforce law and order indiscriminately irrespective of individual status or stature. Therefore, let us make no mistake, being human rights defenders, political actors, or journalists do not mean they are immune from prosecution, he underlined.

Cambodia encourages and welcomes all actors to execute their rights, but rights is not absolute, he said, adding that the duty of individuals to exercise their rights responsibly is primarily a legal duty under international human rights instruments.

Is a political rhetoric with full of incitement, hatred, discrimination, and call for rebellion against legitimately elected government entitled the right to freedom of opinion and expression? I see not, and so too don't you, said the Cambodian ambassador.

However, he stressed, Cambodia is committed to participate in and engage with all UN human rights mechanism. Currently Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia is visiting this country. Additionally other thematic Special Rapporteurs are also invited.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press