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

Government to form on Sept 6, says PM

After paying a courtesy call on the King and visiting the chairman of the Constitutional Council, caretaker prime minister Hun Sen on Wednesday rescheduled the date on which a new National Assembly will be formed. The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) president also directed his ire ...

Ben Sokhean

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

Council greenlights controversial election laws changes

The Constitutional Council yesterday approved four sets of controversial amendments to Cambodia’s election laws, greenlighting changes that will pave the way for the main opposition party’s parliamentary seats to be redistributed in the event of its dissolution. ... ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson

Celebration comes with threat as Cambodia’s Constitution turns 24

Senior government officials yesterday gathered to celebrate the 24th anniversary of the adoption of the Kingdom’s Constitution, lavishing praise on the Constitutional Council – while simultaneously appearing to threaten legal action against those who question the body’s independence or decisions. ... ...

Ben Sokhean and Daphne Chen

King away; senate president to sign party law

With King Norodom Sihamoni out of the country, Senate President and CPP stalwart Say Chhum is set to sign off on controversial new changes to the Law on Political Parties, the last step in what some are calling the final, fatal blow to Cambodia’s democracy. ...

Van Roeun and Ben Sokhean

Parties law rubber-stamped

The National Assembly (NA) has passed amendments to electoral laws which could be used to remove political parties. The controversial amendments were carried with the votes of 66 members from the ruling CPP after opposition CNRP members boycotted the session. The ammendments could affect the way ...

May Titthara

Constitutional Council to hear voter registration complaints

The Constitutional Council of Cambodia will today start hearing claims from the opposition CNRP that more than 2,400 non-citizens were recently added to the country’s voter rolls, days after the government’s National Election Committee threw out the same complaints. ... ...

Khuon Narim and Kuch Naren

Constitutional Council sees in new members

Three newcomers officially took up their positions at the Constitutional Council yesterday, the body announced. Im Chhun Lim, former minister of land management, officially began his tenure as head of the council after being appointed by the Supreme Council of Magistracy and voted chief by ...

Lay Samean

Two new faces to join Constitutional Council

Outgoing minister of land management Im Chhun Lim and former Ministry of Tourism secretary of state Sam Prumnea are set to join the Constitutional Council. ... ...

Lay Samean

King OKs judiciary laws

Three widely condemned laws concerning the operation of the Kingdom’s judiciary were officially signed into effect by King Norodom Sihamoni last month, according to recent copies of the Royal Book. ... ...

Stuart White

NGOs to petition King over judicial laws

A group of civil society organizations will petition King Norodom Sihamoni today, calling on the king to withhold his signature from three judicial laws that they say will entrench the ruling CPP’s control of the courts and jeopardize citizens’ constitutional freedoms. Despite concern raised by local ...

Colin Meyn

Constitutional Council OKs contentious judicial reform

Cambodia’s Constitutional Council has approved three controversial draft laws on judicial reform, despite heavy opposition from rights groups and international observers who say they will not restore the public’s faith in the courts. Critics say the laws—passed without opposition members in the National Assembly—put too much ...

Khoun Theara

Rights groups continue push to stop faulty judicial reform laws

Cambodia’s human rights groups are continuing to seek ways to prevent three draft judicial reform bills from becoming law. The drafts have already passed the National Assembly, but they have not been signed by the king. ... ...

Heng Reaksmey

Criticism of judicial law grows

Surya Subedi, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, added his voice yesterday to the growing chorus of criticism aimed at three draft laws on Cambodia’s judiciary that sailed through the National Assembly last week. Subedi – who had previously championed the laws as ...

Stuart White

Palace says King’s name still intact

The Royal Palace yesterday said the letter sent by opposition leader Sam Rainsy to King Norodom Sihamoni last week that elicited a furious response from the government for “insulting” the King, did not, in fact, disrespect the monarch’s “honour and name”. A statement signed by the ...

Kevin Ponniah and Meas Sokchea

Cambodia rejects US report on human rights abuse

Cambodia rejected a report of the US State Department, which attacked the government of Prime Minister Hen Sen for widespread abuse against human rights. The 31-page report highlighted a flawed and poorly managed electoral process in July’s general election process. The report raised a number of ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Two Decades On, Constitution Fails to Live Up to Promises

The atmosphere in Phnom Penh 20 years ago today was one of jubilation and optimism as then-Prince Norodom Sihanouk signed Cambodia’s new Consti­tution into law and reclaimed the throne as King. The promulgation of the Constitution—which marked the end of the U.N. Transitional Authority in Cambodia’s ...

Alex Willemyns and Phorn Bopha

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