CHRC tasked with drafting rights unit law

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Chin Malin, vice president of the Cambodia Human Rights Committee, and Ney Sam Ol, Cambodian Ambassador to the United Nations, join a UN meeting in Geneva. CHRC

The government has tasked the Cambodia Human Rights Committee with preparing a draft law on establishing the National Human Rights Unit in the Kingdom, a move in line with the Paris Principles adopted by the United Nations in 1993.

A CHRC statement yesterday said that on September 26, 2006, the government asked civil society organisations to prepare the draft law but they disagreed on several issues and failed to complete the task.

“The head of the government has decided to task CHRC with coordinating efforts to speedily prepare this draft law, which should be consistent with international laws so that it can be reviewed and passed,” the statement said.

It noted that CHRC has created a working group to prepare the draft law and after this is done, the CHRC will seek feedback from all relevant parties.

CHRC spokesman Chin Malin yesterday said the reason the government has decided to task CHRC with the duty is because civil society organisations were unable to do so.

He noted that the government previously tasked organisations, including a former human rights NGO led by Kem Sokha, Adhoc and Licadho to prepare the draft law.

“We will work hard to successfully prepare this draft law,” Mr Malin said.

He noted that in the past, when CHRC officials attended international human rights meetings, some countries questioned it about establishing the National Human Rights Unit.

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