Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - CNRP eyes additions to 2014 judiciary laws

CNRP eyes additions to 2014 judiciary laws

Opposition acting leader Kem Sokha (centre) talks to CNRP lawmakers yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied
Opposition acting leader Kem Sokha (centre) talks to CNRP lawmakers yesterday at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

CNRP eyes additions to 2014 judiciary laws

With local and national elections approaching, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday held a workshop with German political development group Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) to talk policy.

Off the back of the meeting, senior CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay said the party was preparing to submit amendments to the three controversial Laws on the Judiciary, which were passed by the ruling CPP in 2014 amid the opposition’s boycott of parliament.

The laws, which regulate the courts, prosecutors and judges, as well as the sector’s highest body, the Supreme Council of Magistracy, were last year criticised by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institution for entrenching the executive’s sway over the courts.

Chhay said the party also wanted to contribute to whistleblower protection legislation. A draft of such a law is currently being developed by the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

Another CNRP lawmaker, Mu Sochua, yesterday said the workshop by KAS, which has helped both main parties create parliamentary working groups to develop legislation, used the current whistleblower draft as an example to teach parliamentarians about drafting policy.

Despite holding 55 seats in parliament, the opposition has rarely submitted policy proposals or amendments to the National Assembly in the past, arguing the CPP’s control of the legislature meant they would not be considered.

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the

  • Soaring global fuel prices: an opportunity for Cambodia?

    Cambodia is feeling the squeeze from the soaring global coal and oil prices. Electricity du Cambodge (EDC)would certainly be hurting from this reality, and most likely re-assessing its plans to add more coal power stations. EDC buys half of Cambodia’s electricity from plants

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when