CHRC Reacts Against APHR’s Criticism Over Cambodia’s Democracy

AKP Phnom Penh, Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) has reacted against a report on democracy and human rights in Cambodia by the self-presented ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).

The reaction was made by H.E. Keo Remy, President of CHRC and Secretary of State at the Office of the Council of Ministers, at a press conference held here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Keo Remy reaffirmed the government's stance and commitment to promote and adhere to democracy, human rights and rule of law.

The CHRC president explained that for the election campaign, UNDP organises an interview programme on the state-run TVK for political party's representatives to disseminate their political party's platforms.

There is also a debate forum for political party's representatives and supporters on both state-owned and private TVs, organised by NDI and IRI, H.E. Keo Remy said, pointing out that the National Election Committee (NEC) has a roundtable programme, which provides an hour for each political party to highlight its political platforms.

Moreover, international organisations and civil society organisations are allowed to observe the election process, he added.

Besides, there are lawmakers from the opposition party in the membership as well as in the leadership of the National Assembly's commissions, and even one who holds the post of NA Vice President.

Last week, the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation also issued a statement in response to the unfounded accusations contained in the APHR's report.

According to the statement, APHR is only a small group of several current and former parliamentarians from ASEAN-member countries and has not been recognised as an entity associated with ASEAN.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press