CHRC, United Nations Workshop on Planning Rights
The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) is working with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia (OHCHR) to organize a regional workshop on October 28 to accelerate the establishment of an institution national human rights law based on the Paris Principles.
The virtual workshop will serve as a forum to exchange experiences and collect contributions for the bill establishing the national institution. CHRC President Keo Remy and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cambodia Pauline Tamesis will preside over the opening ceremony.
According to the CHRC, the videoconference will begin at 8 a.m. at its headquarters. More than 80 stakeholders will be in attendance, including foreign diplomats, members of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and representatives of the National Human Rights Institution of the Philippines.
CHRC spokeswoman Katta Orn told The Post on October 27 that the regional-level workshop would gather information on the bill to establish a final human rights law in Cambodia.
âAfter this workshop, we will hold small consultative meetings with civil society organizations (CSOs), unions, journalists, political parties, stakeholders and with relevant state institutions, the National Assembly, the Senate and the courts as well, âhe said.
He said that since July, the CHRC has also offered the public the opportunity to comment on the bill, which consists of eight chapters and 32 articles, through the CHRC’s Facebook page and the Telegram channel.
Orn said Cambodia decided to establish this national human rights institution in 2006. Some countries have also recommended that the Kingdom establish this institution while the Commission on Human Rights and OHCHR have been pushing for that it is also established.
He said the government gave CSOs 15 years to draft this law, but after all these years a bill did not materialize. Prime Minister Hun Sen decided to entrust this task to the CHRC on August 4, 2019.
The CHRC has been working with OHCHR and the Australia-based Asia-Pacific Forum under the coordination of the Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh to draft the law since August 2019.
The first phase of the project was officially completed in July. The CHRC then said it would consult at least 60 times, starting in July and completing the task by the end of this year.
âWe launched the consultation process by inviting CSOs to give their opinion and giving the floor to OHCHR to organize consultations. But a lot of them [CSOs] are still not clear on the purpose. They are still hesitant about human rights, democracy in Cambodia and have not yet decided to participate, âOrn said.
On October 11, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution to provide technical assistance and capacity building in Cambodia. The resolution calls on the Secretary General, UN agencies in Cambodia and the international community, including civil society, to continue to work with and support the government’s efforts to strengthen democracy and ensure the protection and promotion of human rights. human rights for the people.
They should also respond to the government’s request for assistance in drafting laws and establishing an independent national human rights institution.
The resolution also extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia by two years and requested the Special Rapporteur to report on the implementation of his mandate to the Human Rights Council at its 51st. and 54th sessions.