Defendants Not Fully Informed of Trial Rights, CCHR Finds

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has called on judges to “inform and fully explain” to all defendants both their rights during trial and the charges against them, citing a 16-month review of proceedings at the Phnom Penh Appeal Court.

The local human rights organization monitored 273 cases at the Appeal Court from January 2019 to April 30, noting some improvements in the upholding of fair trial standards, but also remaining inadequacies in judges’ actions to ensure the right to a fair trial, according to a CCHR newsletter released this week.

The rights group called on judges to promote the “full and free exercise of the accused’s rights” during trials.

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