PM Asks Ministry of Interior to Check the Possibility for CCHR’s Closure

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen asked here yesterday the Ministry of Interior to examine the possibility to shut down the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) because this centre was established by foreigners.

The premier made the request while holding a get-together with more than 4,600 representatives of workers and employees from 73 factories in Phnom Penh capital and Kandal province.

According to Kem Sokha's video clip quoted by Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Kem Sokha left the politics for a period of time and created the CCHR as an NGO under the advice and assistance of foreign experts before establishing the Human Rights Party and joining the Sam Rainsy Party to found the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

If a foreign organisation is established in Cambodia with our authorisation, that's ok, but this case is that a Cambodian is advised by foreigners to create [an NGO] and even in order to topple the government following the model of Yugoslavia and Serbia. Therefore, we need to take actions [...], he added.

CNRP was dissolved by the Supreme Court of Cambodia on Nov. 16, 2017 for systematically plotting with foreigners against the legal government.

In response to the Prime Minister's comments, CCHR issued a press release to restate its steadfast independence from all political parties, and its firm commitment to promote human rights in a principled manner.

The press release affirmed that CCHR, founded in 2002, has undertaken vital work to promote and protect the values and rights which are enshrined in Cambodia's Constitution and international human rights treaties which Cambodia has voluntarily ratified.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press