Civil Society Urges Cambodia’s Government to Amend Newly Enacted Law on State of Emergency

A group of more than five dozen civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities called Wednesday for Cambodia’s government to “immediately undertake consultation and amend” a newly enacted law authorizing a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus, citing a threat to human rights.

In a joint statement, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and 65 other signatories, said that without urgent and substantial amendment, the Law on Governing the Country in a State of Emergency grants the government powers to “restrict the fundamental freedoms of the Cambodian people without limit.”

“The State of Emergency Law was impulsively drafted without adequate consultation to protect and promote human rights,” the statement said.

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