Law and judiciary

Constitution and rights

PM calls for immediate constitutional amendment to bar those who do not vote from standing for election

In a voice message released late last night, Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice to immediately amend the election law on those who have the right to stand for election. ...

Khmer Times Staff

King signs 10th Amendment to Constitution into law

King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday signed the 10th Amendment to the Constitution into law after two legislative bodies had adopted it. ...

Hang Punreay

NGOs and political parties say they won’t attend Justice Ministry ‘explanation’ of new constitutional amendments

 Civil society groups and opposition parties that have opposed newly passed constitutional amendments said they would be boycotting a meeting hosted by the Ministry of Justice this week intended to clarify the changes to eight articles. ...

Sorn Sarath and Seoung Nimol

CHRC refutes freedom report

Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) vice-president Chin Malin said civic space in Cambodia is not shrinking. Instead, it is widely open, but those who enjoy civic space must respect the constitution and the law. ...

Niem Chheng

Council condemns ill-informed critics of Constitutional amendments

The Constitutional Council yesterday hit out at those who criticise constitutional amendments and interpretation without checking the facts. ...

Ry Sochan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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