UN Rapporteurs Raise ‘Deep Concerns’ over Draft State of Emergency Law

The four rapporteurs, including Rhona Smith, released the four-page document highlighting their concerns with the draft legislation and pointing out that the draft’s intent of protecting the health of citizens was not the focus.

Four United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Tuesday raised “deep concern” over a draft of the “state of emergency” law, which is expected to be passed by the ruling party-dominated Senate this week.

The one-party National Assembly unanimously voted to pass the draft “state of emergency” legislation last week, a law widely criticized for giving the government widespread powers to curtail fundamental freedoms and rights.

The draft legislation would allow for the curtailment of civil rights and liberties, such as freedom of movement, expression, association, and assembly – all enshrined in the Cambodian Constitution – and has been widely criticized by rights groups.

In full: https://www.voacambodia.com/a/un-rapporteurs-raise-deep-concerns-over-draft-state-of-emergency-law/5372738.html

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