UN Rights Resolution Omits Envoy’s Concerns

In a resolution that doesn’t mention many of the contentious is­sues UN human rights envoy Pe­ter Leuprecht had brought to its a­t­tention, the UN’s human rights com­mission has urged Cambodia to continue its efforts to improve human rights.

“The Human Rights Com­mis­sion welcomes Cambodia’s prog­ress in improving its human rights situation for the past decade,” UN mem­bers wrote Wednesday, “in­clud­ing freedom of media, freedom of religion, combating child la­bor and sexual exploitation and pro­gress to improve democratic in­stitutions.”

In the resolution, supported by Aus­tra­lia, Canada, the European Union and Japan, the UN commission also welcomed the formation of the new CPP, Funcinpec government in 2004, which Leuprecht had described as possibly unconstitutional.

The commission did note that “some human rights violations con­tinue,” and urged the government “to strengthen its efforts to es­tablish the rule of law.”

During his presentation to the UN commission in Geneva on Tues­day, Leuprecht decried the ram­pant impunity and corruption plaguing Cambodia as well as the crackdown on numerous rights such as the right to peaceful assembly.

Leuprecht had asked the UN commission to take a hard look at the situation in Cambodia.

“The international community and your commission are faced with a serious responsibility,” Leuprecht told the members.

“To be useful and effective, to help Cambodians out of the tunnel, the resolution you adopt should be based on the facts as they are and not as you would wish them to be,” he said.

 

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