The Full Case of Mu Sochua

CCHR PRESS RELEASE – Phnom Penh, 5 December 2012

Following the Case of Mu Sochua, CCHR Releases a Briefing Note on Parliamentary Immunity in Cambodia, including a Legal Analysis of the Relevant Legislation

Today, 5 December 2012, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) releases a Briefing Note that provides an overview on the status of parliamentary immunity under Cambodian law, in light of a Court of Appeal hearing in Phnom Penh on 3 August 2012, at which the parliamentary immunity of a prominent opposition Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker, Mu Sochua, was restored. The removal of Mu Sochua’s parliamentary immunity highlights shortcomings in the relevant laws surrounding parliamentary immunity, which must be addressed for the benefit of democracy in Cambodia.

CCHR President Ou Virak comments:

“There is no point having parliamentary immunity in the first place if it can be arbitrarily removed at the first hint of criticism of the ruling party or their cronies. Time and again we see opposition parliamentarians trying to do their job, trying to serve image_thumbtheir constituents, only to have their parliamentary immunity taken away. What does immunity mean in this context? The legislation is also very unclear, and needs clarification. We have highlighted the gaps and inconsistencies in the legislation, to provide a basis for reform in an area that is vital to proper parliamentary democracy.”

For more information, please contact Ou Virak via telephone at +855 (0) 1240 4051 or e-mail at ouvirak@cchrcambodia.org or Senior Consultant Robert Finch via telephone at +855 (0) 7880 9960 or e-mail at robert.finch@cchrcambodia.org.

Please also find this Press Release and the Briefing Note attached in PDF format, in both Khmer and English.

Kind regards,
CCHR

Notes to Editor:

CCHR, founded in November 2002, is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights – primarily civil and political rights – throughout Cambodia.

CCHR is a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), the global network for freedom of expression.

The Cambodian Human Rights Portal http://www.sithi.org is the 2011 winner of the Information Society Innovation Fund Award in the category of Rights and Freedoms.


The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights throughout Cambodia. For more information, please visit http://www.cchrcambodia.org.


Robert Finch
Senior Consultant
Cambodian Center for Human Rights
Tel: +855 (0) 78 80 99 60
Fax: +855 (0) 23 72 69 02
No. 798, Street 99, Sangkat Boeung Trabek,
Khan Chamcamorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

CCHR is a member of IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange)

CCHR is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights throughout Cambodia. For more information, please visit http://www.cchrcambodia.org.

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