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The Right to Participate Actively in the Life of the Nation
Released on 2014-05-05
The Royal Government of Cambodia ("RGC") has been drafting important laws that have the potential to significantly affect the rights and freedoms of the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia ("Cambodia"). These laws include the Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Courts, the Law on the Supreme Council of Magistracy, the Law on Statute of Judges and Prosecutors, the Cybercrime Law, the Law on Trade Unions, and the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (the "LANGO").
Fundamental Freedom
Fundamental Freedoms Series: Union Membership
Released on 2014-01-31
The right to freedom of association is protected under provisions of domestic and international law. Despite this, widespread violations of the right to freedom of association frequently occur throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia ("Cambodia"), which is increasingly regarded as a dangerous country in which to be a trade unionist. In October 2013 the International Labour Organization (the "ILO") named Cambodia as one of three country cases that were the most serious and urgent regarding freedom of association.
Fundamental Freedom
Cyber Rights
Released on 2012-07-13
The United Nations (“UN”) Human Rights Council (“HRC”) recently adopted a resolution on the promotion and the protection of human rights on the internet. This is to affirm that the same rights that people have offline must also be respected online, namingly freedom of expression and information. Despite international moves to protect online rights and freedoms, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) announced recently that it is drafting its first ever cyber law to regulate and to limit the use of the internet. Therefore, contrary to international trends, freedom of expression online in Cambodia could soon be under threat.
Fundamental Freedom
Silencing the Airwaves
Released on 2012-06-15
The silencing of certain radio channels to coincide with the recent commune elections exemplifies the determination shown by the Royal Government of Cambodia (the “RGC”) in its attempts to stifle the media and curtail freedom of expression and information throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”) in order to secure political and electoral support. The RGC has indicated that the process will be repeated for the national elections in 2013.
Fundamental Freedom
Freedom from Discrimination: LGBT People
Released on 2012-05-11
While the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia” has not enacted an anti-­‐discrimination law, freedom from discrimination is protected under both domestic and international law. However, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (“LGBT”) people are not specifically protected, and continue to face discrimination in practice. As a result, they are further marginalized, which in turn acts as a barrier on their participating in the country’s social and economic development.
Fundamental Freedom
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