CAMBODIA NEEDS TO ADOPT INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY, DEMOCRATIC PLURALISM — UN EXPERT

The draft of ACID LAW will be in parliament for debate next week.

Many of the perpetrators of this most inhumane crime have yet to be prosecuted while their victims are maimed for life.

Among the most famous cases is the case of Tat Marina, a teen-age singer who was forced to have a relationship with a high ranking member of the government. Over a decade has gone by but the wife of the high ranking official who ordered and was at the scene of the crime is still free although the court has convicted her.

Human rights defenders, victims of land conflicts and critics of the government are pursued by the Courts for defamation, threat and insult- offenses covered in the Penal Code.

The Paris Peace Accords is weakened partly because the 18 signatories have been soft and have neglected their responsibility.

The spirit of the Paris Accords is to secure a way for Cambodia to set a strong foundation for democracy, pluralism and peace.

With the lack of protection of human rights tied to assistance, peace stands a very small chance.

As Cambodians, we have taken up the challenge in building democracy. The courage of the people and the activists at the grassroots and the risks taken by the opposition merit recognition and support.

Accepting status quo is contrary to the spirit of the Paris Peace Accords.

Two critical elections are coming up. The internat ional community has very little clues as to how they will have a role in the electoral process. The government has postponed indefinitely the meetings of donors, yet there is no signal as to how donors will challenge this decision by the government.

Tax payers need to know how their money invested in Cambodia makes a difference to the 99% of the population.

CAMBODIA NEEDS TO ADOPT INDEPENDENT JUDICIARY, DEMOCRATIC PLURALISM — UN EXPERT
New York, Oct 23 2011 10:05AM


Despite progress in the 20 years since the Paris peace agreements ended decades of fighting in Cambodia, much still needs to be done to fulfil the promise of the accords, including instituting an independent judiciary and a fully pluralist democracy, a United Nations expert warned on Sunday.

“Cambodia has undeniably progressed over the past 20 years, with peace and stability bringing enormous dividends in terms of wealth and development,” Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya P. Subedi

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“Institutions have been established and laws written. However the challenge remains in the implementation of many of these laws and proper functioning of these institutions,” he said, calling for the vision of the peace agreements to be turned into reality for all Cambodians.

“The independence of the judiciary needs to be anchored in fundamen tal laws on the judiciary, which have been awaiting adoption since 1993 and the pluralist democracy in the country needs to be deepened and strengthened, particularly as Cambodia enters two election years,” he stressed.



Last week Judge Siegfried Blunk, international co-investigating judge on the UN-backed tribunal set up to try those accused of the worst crimes under the Khmer Rouge regime, resigned, citing repeated statements by senior Government officials opposing progress on two cases concerning senior Khmer Rouge members suspected of responsibility in the deaths of thousands of people.

Yesterday UN Legal Counsel Patricia O’Brien met with Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Mini ster Sok An in Phnom
Penh, the South-east Asian country’s capital, and urged the Government to refrain from interfering in any way with the tribunal, officially known as the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC).

“Impunity needs to be addressed for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge period as well as for crimes committed since then, and the right to freedom of association, expressly mentioned in the agreements, needs to be carefully protected and nurtured if Cambodia is to remain on the right road,” Mr. Subedi said in his message.

“As we mark the 20th anniversary of the agreements, all parties should reaffirm their commitment to the full implementation of the agreements so that their vision and legacy may become reality. ”

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