Mon 11th Waxing Moon of Kattikā B.E.2561, October 10, A.D.2017 Year of the Rooster
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Mon 4th Waxing Moon of Kattikā B.E.2561, October 23, A.D.2017 Year of the Rooster
Mr. António Guterres,
Mr. Joko Widodo,
Republic of Indonesia (Co-Chair of the 1991 Paris Conference on Cambodia)
Mr. Emmanuel Macron,
The French Republic (Co-Chair of the 1991 Paris Conference on Cambodia)
23 October 2017
Re: Request to reconvene the Paris Conference on Cambodia, in light of the Cambodian government’s dismantling of democracy
Dear Secretary General Guterres, President Widodo, and President Macron,
We, the undersigned international and regional organizations, write to you on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia, which was co-chaired by France and Indonesia. The Paris Conference led to the signing of the historic Paris Peace Agreements, and aimed at ending the “tragic conflict and continuing bloodshed in Cambodia”. Twenty-six years later, there is an urgent need for decisive action from the international community, to ensure that the democratic vision for Cambodia outlined in the Paris Peace Agreements is not completely foresaken.
The Paris Peace Agreements created clear legal obligations upon the signatories – including the obligation to immediately undertake appropriate consultations with the members of the Paris Conference – in the event of the agreements being violated. These obligations exist to this day, despite Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s recent claim that “the Paris Peace agreement is like a ghost”.
We respectfully submit that your obligation to take concrete action under the Paris Peace Agreements has now been triggered as a result of the severe deterioration in the state of human rights and democracy in Cambodia in recent weeks and months, which has led to clear violations of the Paris Agreements. Specifically, Article 29 of the Agreement on a Comprehensive Political Settlement for Cambodia (the “ACPS”) provides:
Without prejudice to the prerogatives of the Security Council of the United Nations, and upon the request of the Secretary‐General, the two Co‐chairmen of the Paris Conference on Cambodia [France and Indonesia], in the event of a violation or threat of violation of this Agreement, will immediately undertake appropriate consultations, including with members of the Paris Conference on Cambodia, with a view to taking appropriate steps to ensure respect for these commitments.(more…)
Panelists from human right organisations speak about the political situation in Cambodia at a press conference yesterday in Bangkok. Facebook
Thu 14th Waning Moon of Assayuja B.E.2561, October 19, A.D.2017 Year of the Rooster
The Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia’s judiciary remains in the iron grip of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government, according to an extensive new International Commission of Jurists report, which found that “the rule of law is virtually absent from the Cambodian justice system”.
“[The] single largest problem facing the Cambodian justice system is the lack of independent and impartial judges and prosecutors,” the authors write.
The report argues that Cambodia has a range of international and domestic legal obligations, which are often wilfully ignored by the court system. This, they write, includes the misuse of the judiciary to strengthen the rule of the governing CPP. One example given is of a ruling party meeting in which a strategy is discussed to sway the legal system in the CPP’s favour.(more…)
Fri 8th Waning Moon of Assayuja B.E.2561, October 13, A.D.2017 Year of the Rooster
Civil and political rights in Cambodia are “under threat” as the main opposition party is being dissolved in the parliament, a United Nations human rights expert warned Thursday, also voicing concern that the dissolution may affect upcoming elections in the country.
“For Cambodians to engage in open and serious political debate, the opposition must be allowed to exist and to function without fear or intimidation,” said Rhona Smith, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Cambodia, stressing that “democracy is about voice and choice. These moves risk leaving many Cambodians without either.”