Joint statement: Civil society organizations call for the draft Law on Public Order to be immediately discarded

On 13 August 2020, the undersigned national and international organizations and communities issued a joint statement calling on the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to immediately discard the repressive draft Law on Public Order and uphold its obligations under international human rights law. The draft law contains an extensive array of provisions that effectively criminalize the legitimate everyday activities of many within the Kingdom of Cambodia (“Cambodia”), in violation of their rights to freedom of expression, association, assembly and other protected human rights. If enacted, the draft law will become yet another piece of repressive legislation in a legal framework that severely undermines human rights.

Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR)

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