December 7, 2023
PHNOM PENH – The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has presented three of its most significant achievements during the first 100 days of the seventh-mandate government.
It claimed that the accomplishments demonstrate its commitment to advancing human rights in Cambodia, in line with the government’s Pentagonal Strategy.
The major achievements encompass the following areas: bolstering peace, political stability and public order; enhancing the rule of law and the justice system; and pursuing an independent foreign policy.
A December 4 CHRC press release highlighted the positive results they have achieved.
“Regarding efforts to reinforce peace, political stability, security and public order, the CHRC has collaborated with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR], through national consultations and workshops which focused on human rights. The enhancement of social protections is also included in its strategy,” it said.
The second major accomplishment revolves around the enhancement and strengthening of the law and the justice system. The CHRC has worked on five grievance redressal mechanisms, including the launch of a mobile app grievance mechanism.
In addition, the CHRC offers free legal consultations and access to lawyers for underprivileged individuals impacted by human rights abuses, as well as free legal consultations via telephone.
Its third noteworthy achievement is related to the CHRC’s commitment to maintaining an independent, rule-of-law based foreign policy. The CHRC has actively engaged in regional, international and UN collaborations.
“The committee remains committed to fulfilling its responsibilities and will continue to take proactive measures by implementing an ongoing action plan which aims to attain even greater accomplishments in the realm of human rights,” added the release.
Pen Bona, chairman of the Government Spokesperson Unit, took to social media on December 4 to explain that all policies initiated by the government are designed with the objective of advancing human rights in Cambodia. This includes six priority political programmes which are specifically aimed at safeguarding the well-being of the underprivileged, and other vulnerable people.
“From the introduction of the triangle and rectangular strategies of previous government mandates, it has all been about promoting human rights in Cambodia. Government leaders have consistently prioritised the welfare of the citizens through accepting requests to address issues on various social media platforms like Facebook and in public forums,” he said.