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Emergency Law ‘will not violate human rights’

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Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin. KT: Tep Sony

The Justice Ministry today reiterated that restricting certain freedoms in times of emergency is not a violation of human rights.

“It is a necessary step allowed by national and international human rights law for the purpose of protecting the public interest,” ministry spokesman Chin Malin posted on his Facebook page.

He was responding to criticisms raised since the government announced it needed a State of Emergency law to respond the COVID-19 situation.

Mr Malin said the Kingdom should have had such a law since 1993 when the Constitution was established.

He noted that after the law comes into force, it shall be in effect only if the King declares a state of emergency.

Yesterday, the “State of Emergency” draft law was approved by all members of the Senate and sent to the Constitutional Council for another review before being submitted to the King.

Earlier this week, four United Nations human rights experts raised deep concern over the draft law saying it is not only aimed to contain the spread of epidemic, but will be used to violate Cambodians’ rights.

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