O fficials from the Ministries of Justice and the Interior attended a seminar on
coordinating the administration of justice organized by the Cambodian Field
Office of U.N. Center for Human Rights.
Held from Jan. 11-15, the meeting
involved ten senior Interior Ministry officials and 11 judges and prosecutors
from the Justice Ministry including Supreme Court Chief Justice Chan Sok. Also
participating was Kem Sokha, chair of the National Assembly's human rights
A press release from the UN field office said improving
coordination would strengthen all institutions responsible for the
administration of justice in Cambodia.
"In addition to identifying
critical issues and offering recommendations," said the release, " the seminar
provided a unique opportunity for relevant ministries and branches of government
to engage in dialogue on common concerns".
Major issues included the need
for training police and judicial personnel in new laws and principles, the lack
of sufficient laws and information about them, and the need for rapidly
implementing judiciary independence.
Other recommendations were to create
an inter-ministerial group on judicial coordination, increase the justice
budget, improve the operation of the courts, and establish forensic and other
Members of the seminar also advised improving the
criminal law system and asked the government to consider transferring the
department of prisons from the Interior to the Justice ministry.