Thu 3rd Waxing Moon of Citta B.E.2560, March 30, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
The Phnom Penh Post
The United Nation’s human rights office in Cambodia yesterday jumped into the political fray, deeming controversial amendments to the Law on Political Parties in breach of the Kingdom’s constitution and international human rights law.
In a 32-page legal analysis, released online, the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) stated the legislative changes, hastily drafted by the Cambodian People’s Party and swiftly approved by parliament in February, included “vague” language and “excessive” restrictions. The amendments, widely seen as aimed at the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, allow authorities to dissolve parties for threatening “national unity”, the “security of the state” or making “serious mistakes”.
Tue 1st Waxing Moon of Citta B.E.2560, March 28, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Phnom Penh (27 March 2017) – Today, OHCHR released its human rights analysis of the amended Law on Political Parties. The analysis draws from the key applicable provisions of the Cambodian Constitution and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) that establish the rights to take part in public affairs, to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. Although the Law has already been promulgated, OHCHR offers its analysis in anticipation of the next opportunity to bring the Law closer in conformity with the relevant international human rights standards, given its profound implications for Cambodian democracy.
Monday 15th Waning Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2560, March 27, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
The Phnom Penh Post
Election watchdog Comfrel slammed the ruling party for what it characterised as a pattern of political oppression, corruption and a lack of judicial independence in its annual report, released on Friday.
Officials tally votes at a polling station in Phnom Penh following the 2012 commune elections.
The “government continued a restrictive freedom of expression policy”, the report reads, while “the political atmosphere remained very tense” throughout last year.
The elections monitor criticises the ruling party’s apparent targeting of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with lawsuits, arrests and with the recent amendment to a law on political parties, which gives the Supreme Court power to dissolve any political party whose leadership has been convicted in a criminal case.
These “recent political developments”, it argues, “raise concerns for the future prospects of [meaningful] political pluralism”.
Calling the monitor’s findings “wrong”, Cambodian People’s Party spokesman Sok Eysan pointed the finger at the CNRP for bringing its woes upon itself.(more…)
Fri 12th Waning Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2560, March 24, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination,
21 March 2017
The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is an annual reminder to us all to do more to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, hate speech and hate crimes.
But 21 March needs to be more than a reminder. People of African descent continue to be victims of racist hate crimes and racism in all areas of life. Anti-Semitism continues to rear its ugly head from the US to Europe to the Middle East and beyond. Muslim women wearing headscarves face increasing verbal, and even physical, abuse in a number of countries. In Latin America, indigenous peoples continue to endure stigmatization, including in the media.
United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci. Photo UN
Thu 12th Waxing Moon of Phagguṇa B.E.2560, March 9, A.D.2017 Year of the Monkey
Geneva (08 March 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, Joseph Cannataci, has presented his report to the Human Rights Council, denouncing current surveillance legislation and calling for States to respect privacy as a universal right in the digital age.
Mr Cannataci said: “The issue of governmental surveillance deserves more attention than ever. I am deeply concerned that the right to privacy will simply not experience a full transition to the digital age. In general, laws have been drafted and rushed through the legislative process of States with clear political majorities to legitimize practices that should never have been implemented.”