Governments laments big powers criticism

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The European Union and the US State Department have condemned the extended detention of the Adhoc Five, saying the pre-trial delay is unreasonable and breaches their rights.
 
The criticism was rejected by the Cambodia government as interference in the domestic affairs of Cambodia.
 
Government spokesman Phay Siphan said EU ambassador George Edgar had violated the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations by interfering in internal affairs related to “bribery involving the opposition leader sex scandal”.
 
“Where is the honour of the European Union?” Mr Siphan asked.
 
An EU statement criticised the fact the April 27 court decision to extend the detention of Adhoc members Lim Mony, Nay Vanda, Ny Sokha and Yi Soksan and former member Ny Chakrya by six months followed their detention without trial for a year.
 
“It is important that rights of these five individuals be fully respected and that any breaches of their rights under Cambodian law and under the international agreement to which Cambodia is a signatory be appropriately remedied,” it said.
 
The US State Department backed the position taken by the EU and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
 
“We note with concern reports the impact this prolonged detention is having on the families of the imprisoned and unreasonable delay in proceeding to trial,” the State Department said.
 
“We also note the views expressed by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in November 2016 that the detention of these five human rights defenders is arbitrary.”
 
The US said it encouraged the government of Cambodia to consider carefully these recommendations and respect its international human rights obligations.
 
However the Cambodian government said the issue was “absolutely the domestic affairs of Cambodia”.
 
It said the foreign powers had clearly violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which stipulates all diplomatic missions have a duty to respect the laws and regulations of the receiving state and not to interfere in the internal affairs of the state.
 
“The decision of the court was made in accordance with Cambodia’s Code of Criminal Procedure article 205 and 208. By law, the investigating judge can decide to extend the pre-trial detention twice with a period of six months each,” the government said.

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