The Cambodia Human Rights Committee yesterday addressed concerns raised by a visiting Japanese official, including the dissolution of former opposition CNRP, the arrest of its former president Kem Sokha, alleged restrictions on civil society and the murder of political analyst Kem Ley.
CHRC president Keo Remy told reporters that he was informed of the Japanese government’s concerns during a meeting with Masato Otaka, a Japanese Foreign Affairs deputy assistant minister, at his office.
“I explained to him [Mr Otaka] both the facts and the law enforcement when the Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP and issued an arrest warrant for Mr Kem Sokha,” Mr Remy said. “I also brought to his attention the case of former CNRP president Sam Rainsy calling for supporters to attend a noodle party in a bid to gather an illegal movement aimed at overthrowing the government.”
Mr Remy said he assured Mr Otaka there was no restriction on civil society or freedom of expression, adding that the Kingdom guarantees freedom and the right of assembly much better than some other countries.
“I also pointed out to him that some civil society groups declined to register to observe last year’s national election and told him that they had not been banned from registering,” he added.
A statement issued yesterday by Japanese embassy in Cambodia said that during the dialogue, both countries exchanged views on human rights issues in general such as freedom of political activities, expression, assembly and association, and the independence of the judiciary.