The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) on November 28 held a workshop on the dissemination, monitoring and promotion of the implementation of the recommendations made by the UN Commission on Human Rights, which monitors Cambodia's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of State Parties.
The workshop was attended by diplomats and representatives from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Cambodia's National Assembly and Senate, ministries and relevant state institutions as well as civil society organisations.
CHRC president Keo Remy said at the workshop that examples of Cambodia successfully following the recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms would be very important for inclusion in the human rights report in the next round to show the Kingdom's attention, commitment and efforts in the field of human rights.
He said that reporting in accordance with the procedures for timely submission and participation in the review of national reports within the mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council and the mechanisms of institutions under the treaty are also important because the international community takes them as the basis for assessing Cambodia's commitment to human rights.
Remy strongly hopes that this outreach workshop will provide a clearer understanding of the recommendations, which will contribute to achieving Cambodia's main objective of implementing those recommendations to get better results for inclusion in the next round of reports.
"I also have confidence and hope that all ministries, institutions and stakeholders will participate actively and meaningfully in the process of writing the report on human rights for our national cause and prestige," he said.
The president of CHRC noted that in recent years, through the efforts of all ministries and institutions responsible for reporting to the UN, Cambodia has been recognised as a country that has good practices in reporting on human rights and for engaging in constructive dialogue on human rights mechanisms.
Cambodia ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1992 and submitted its first report in 1998, with the UN Commission on Human Rights reviewing the report in 1999. The second, third and fourth reports were submitted to the commission in 2012, with the commission reviewing them in 2015.
The fifth report was submitted to the commission in 2019, with the Cambodian delegation reviewing the report with the UN commission in March, 2022, both in person and via video conference. The commission issued formal conclusions on 46 points in May, 2022, for Cambodia to respond to.