The Fight Against Corruption in Cambodia

The fight against corruption in the country remains a fundamental issue underlying national political and social structures. An anti-corruption law has already been adopted by the Cambodian National Assembly. However, the government has not yet fully implemented it. The Anti-Corruption Unit and the National Anti-Corruption Committee have not carried out significant anti-corruption measures. Further, the law remains weak. For instance, the anti-corruption law requires some, not all, high ranking officials to declare their assets, and the declarations are to remain confidential. This has led to criticisms that the anti-corruption law in Cambodia is weak and not conform to international standards.

As Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian, Mu Sochua declared this week that “the Anti-Corruption Unit must accept reports of citizens on suspected corruption, and it must guarantee their safety in order to show that investigations over corruption will be enforced widely”. Mu Sochua further added that “the first round of investigations should be conducted on high ranking officials such as the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and Senior Ministers. If their assets do not correspond to their income, it would certainly mean that they committed corruption”.1

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