Minister of Interior Explains Visiting UN Rapporteur on Cambodia’s Progress of Laws and Their Enforcements

Interior minister has explained visiting UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Ms. Rhona Smith on progress of laws and their enforcements in Cambodia during their meeting at the ministry office here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng made it clear that the formulation and implementation of all legal tools by the Royal Government of Cambodia does not intend to restrict activities and freedom of the people, civil society organisations, and political parties.

Like other countries with the rule of law, he told her, Cambodia exercises legal basis against individual, civil society organisation or political party that violates the Kingdom's laws and regulations, like the case of the dissolved opposition party.

The implementation of the laws aims primarily to maintain security and peace for the people and the country; and effort has been invested to ensure consistent enforcements of the laws.

Samdech Kralahom also informed the visiting UN rapporteur that his ministry welcomes constructive feedback from her on flaws related to the law enforcement, especially at the sub-national level.

In response to the cases of crowded prisons and correctional centres and of recent legal actions against alleged land encroachment in Kratie province, he updated that the former case are being addressed, while the latter is being investigated.

Talking about the status of draft law against cybercrime, the Deputy Prime Minister updated that the Ministry of Interior is undergoing review phase of existing legal tools to draft it.

The two-hour meeting between Samdech Kralahom Sar Kheng and Ms. Rhona Smith did not cover the case of detained former president of the dissolved opposition party.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press