Marking the 75th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day, the Cambodian government, represented by Keo Remy, the president of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC), has reiterated its unwavering commitment to human rights. The commitment will be showcased at an event in Geneva, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a landmark global human rights standard established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, will be celebrated. The event will be held at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) headquarters from December 11 to 12, 2023.
Embarking on the Pentagonal Strategy-Phase I
In this event, the Cambodian government will outline its ongoing efforts and future strategies for the promotion of human rights through its Pentagonal Strategy-Phase I. This strategy consists of six priority policies including enhancing healthcare, initiating vocational training for the youth, establishing a national social protection strategy, uplifting the informal economy, launching agricultural support programs, and deploying agricultural technical officers across the nation.
A Steadfast Commitment to Human Rights
Cambodia has a recognized history of upholding human rights, having adopted eight out of nine international human rights conventions. The country also allows the presence of the OHCHR and the Special Rapporteur on human rights. Keo Remy highlighted the government's long-standing position on human rights, democracy, and security, aligning with the principles of the 1993 Cambodian Constitution.
Translating Commitment into Action
However, the rights group ADHOC, through its spokesperson Soeng Sen Karuna, while acknowledging the government's statement, emphasized the need for the commitment to be translated into action. He particularly emphasized the expansion of political freedoms and the reassessment of existing laws. The Cambodian government’s National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP), which has been a crucial policy, displaying immense support for families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and inflationary pressure, was hailed by Prime Minister Hun Manet. The government has been instrumental in addressing the socio-economic impacts of various crises, as illustrated by its disbursement of over $1.3 billion.