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Constitution and rights

PM: Government to focus on Constitution and rule of law

With Cambodia marking the 28th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government will focus on implementing the Constitution and the rule of law. He said if the Paris Peace Agreement were to be implemented as some were ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-government-focus-constitution-and-rule-law

Parliament issues code of ethics

The National Assembly has produced its first code of ethics to ensure that all lawmakers work independently and humbly and uphold the country’s interest. Leng Peng Long, spokesman for the National Assembly, said yesterday said that the code of ethics approved earlier this month requires ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50495412/parliament-issues-code-of-ethics/

UN envoy voices concern to government

UN special Rapporteur Rhona Smith officially commenced her latest visit to the Kingdom yesterday, meeting with the Ministry of Justice to raise concerns over a slew of legislative and constitutional amendments undertaken as part of the government’s recent crackdown on political dissent. ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-envoy-voices-concern-government

UN urges rethink of constitution changes

UN rights experts yesterday urged the government to reconsider constitutional amendments, including a law that forbids insulting the monarchy, saying the changes were too vague and failed to meet international standards. Parliament last week adopted a law that forbids insulting the monarchy, along with other amendments ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50109667/un-urges-rethink-constitution-changes/

Opposition members criticise law changes

The National Assembly’s spokesman yesterday dismissed a statement released by the dissolved opposition CNRP criticising an extraordinary session of parliament called this week to pass amendments to the Penal Code and constitution. An extraordinary session was held on Wednesday to discuss and then approve the Penal ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50108994/opposition-members-criticise-law-changes/

National Assembly passes lèse majesté law, limits to freedom of association

The National Assembly unanimously passed amendments to the Constitution and Criminal Code Wednesday that will impose restrictions on political rights and make it illegal to disrespect the King – changes that observers called a “disaster” for civil liberties in the Kingdom. In a full plenary session, ...

Leonie Kijewski and Soth Koemsoeun
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/national-assembly-passes-lese-majeste-law-limits-freedom-association

Law passed for insulting King

The National Assembly yesterday approved an amendment to the Penal Code allowing prison sentences for anyone insulting the King.An extraordinary session was held yesterday to discuss and then approve the Penal Code amendment, as well as amending five articles of the constitution and a draft ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50108644/law-passed-for-insulting-king/q

Government looks to make controversial amendments to Constitution

The Constitutional Council is planning to meet later this week to discuss amendments to the Constitution, including changes to an article guaranteeing the right for citizens to form organisations and political parties. ...

Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-looks-make-controversial-amendments-constitution

Government looks to make controversial amendments to Constitution

The Constitutional Council is planning to meet later this week to discuss amendments to the Constitution, including changes to an article guaranteeing the right for citizens to form organisations and political parties. The document, a letter of invitation to local media, outlines an agenda for the ...

Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-looks-make-controversial-amendments-constitution

Kheng seeks constitutional ban on individuals harming Cambodia’s ‘interests’

Interior Minister Sar Kheng announced yesterday that he would introduce an amendment to the Constitution banning individuals from doing “anything to impact the national interests” of Cambodia, singling out ex-opposition figure Kem Monovithya as an example. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/kheng-seeks-constitutional-ban-individuals-harming-cambodias-interests

Article 2 will stand: Hun Sen

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday hit back at opposition critics of his efforts to seek French expert help in modernising old colonial maps of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam, rejecting their claims that such an effort would require a constitutional amendment. ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/article-2-will-stand-hun-sen

Construction law may be enacted by mid-year: Gov’t advisor

A draft construction law has been completed, will soon be submitted to the Council of Ministers and may be enacted by the middle of the year, Sok Siphana, a senior advisor to the government, told Khmer Times yesterday.   ...

Sum Manet
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/21038/construction-law-may-be-enacted-by-mid-year--gov---t-advisor/

Angry truckers protest and block national road 2 and 3

Several groups of angry truckers this morning stage protest and block the National Road 2 and 3 in Dangkao and Por Senchey districts, causing terrible traffic jams along the two national roads. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/angry-truckers-protest-and-block-national-road-2-and-3-9117

CNRP leader accuses Hun Sen of constitutional coup

Cambodia’s opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, is accusing the ruling party of carrying out a constitutional coup after a local court issued an arrest warrant for him and a parliamentary committee stripped him of his seat. In a message published on Facebook, the politician said the ...

Robert ​Carmichael
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/cnrp-leader-accuses-hun-sen-of-constitutional-coup/3063073.html

Koh Kong authorities bar democracy training, citing new law

Provincial authorities in Koh Kong province have barred a group of law students from conducting a two-day training course on human rights and democracy, citing a controversial law passed earlier this year. ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/koh-kong-authorities-bar-democracy-training-citing-new-law/3020066.html

Rights and democracy tenets of Paris Peace accords remain unfulfilled

Twenty-four years after the Paris Peace Accords were signed, ending decades of civil strife in Cambodia, political observers say many of their main tenets remain unfulfilled, especially in the realms of human rights and democracy.Son Chhay, a lawmaker for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, ...

Sok Khemara
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/rights-and-democracy-tenets-of-paris-peace-accords-remain-unfullfilled/3017245.html

Groups concerned over increasing violations of Constitution

Rights and democracy groups say Cambodians are not being protected by the constitution, which has been routinely violated by all three branches of government. Over 170,000 families across the country were hurt by land disputes in 2014, according to a new a report by NGO ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/groups-concerned-over-increasingly-violations-of-constitution/2982483.html

Rights group: constitutional violation root of Cambodia land disputes

Rights advocates in Cambodia allege government violations of the country’s constitution are largely responsible for land disputes harming tens of thousands of families. ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voanews.com/content/land-rights-group-cambodia-constitution/2983023.html

Rural organizer runs afoul of impending NGO law

Not long ago, Sim Pov, a representative of 69 families from Kratie province, came to Phnom Penh to meet with urban housing rights protesters. He wanted to learn from them how he could organize his own community, which is locked in a land dispute with ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/rural-organizer-runs-afoul-of-impending-ngo-law/2925542.html

Journalists frequently harried, in actions that hurt press freedom

While there are many issues for Cambodia’s journalists to cover these days—from the tensions with Vietnam over border issues to land disputes, the law to regulate NGOs, the labor sector and others—the country’s reporters are often disrupted from their work. ...

Oum Sonita and Nov Povleakhena
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/journalists-frequently-harried-in-actions-that-hurt-press-freedom/2924097.html

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