Cambodian Government Reacts Against OHCHR’s Spokesperson

AKP Phnom Penh, July 30, 2015 –

The Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Office of the Council of Ministers has made a clarification to the comments made by the Spokesperson of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Ms. Ravina Shamsadani on the adoption process of the NGO Law and the conviction of 11 activists of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Ms. Ravina Shamsadani’s comments are completely wrong, underlined the clarification made public yesterday evening.

The OHCHR spokesperson’s request to the Constitutional Council to reject the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has been violating the principles of the rule of law and showed clearly her misunderstanding of Cambodia’s Constitution, especially (her) deep interference in the legislative’s internal procedures because the adoption of law in Cambodia must be done by the National Assembly, the Senate and promulgated by His Majesty the King, it added.

“There is no article that restricts the freedom or puts pressure on associations and NGOs,” said the clarification.

Concerning the conviction of 11 CNRP’s activists, the clarification rejected the accusation of Ms. Ravina Shamsadani that the Cambodian government had interfered in the judicial affairs, stressing that it is a baseless accusation.

The 11 CNRP’s activists were sentenced last week to 7-20 years in jail for leading an illegal protest that turned violent near the Freedom Park, Phnom Penh, in mid-July 2014.

By Khan Sophirom

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