Royal Government of Cambodia Continues to Cooperate with OHCHR

The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has renewed its cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for another two years, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s press release AKP received yesterday.

“After having consented to the field presence of OHCHR in Cambodia since 1993, the RGC has taken a further significant step to conclude a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the RGC and the OHCHR, constituting a bilateral agreement for the OHCHR’s legitimate operational presence in Cambodia for another two years. This renewal reaffirms the RGC’s unequivocal commitment to upholding and advancing principles of respect for fundamental freedoms and democracy as enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia,” said the press release.

The purpose of the MoU signed on Dec. 19, 2016 is to declare the parties’ intention to cooperate in implementation of a technical cooperation programme in the field of human rights and to establish a framework for cooperation on the basis of purposes and principles stipulated in the Charter of the UN, particularly its article 2 (paragraph 7) which underlines, ‘Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorise the UN to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state.’,” it added.

The RGC wished to reiterates its firm commitment to a genuine and sincere partnership with the UN, and to a full and effective enforcement of the said MoU based on mutual respect and non-interference with a view to further strengthening the rule of law and fostering the promotion and protection of human rights in Cambodia, underlined the same source.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press