the Cambodian government plans to resubmit its Universal Periodic Review to the UN Human Rights Council by December
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- Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 03:48:43 -0700 (PDT)
Government to submit a revised human rights report by year's end
Written by Sam Rith
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
CAMBODIA'S senior human rights officer said Monday the government
plans to resubmit its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to the UN Human
Rights Council by December.
Om Yentieng, who chairs the Cambodian Human Rights Committee, said
the updated report - initially submitted in September last year -
would be more specific than the original.
The UPR is submitted every four years, and September's report was the
Kingdom's first submission.
"We will still encounter the same difficulties of needing to work with
the various ministries and departments to collate statistics relating
to demography, development, new laws and regulations," Om Yentieng
The UPR is not the same as the much-maligned report the government
submitted earlier this month - 15 years behind schedule - to the UN
office in Geneva that examines the measures taken to comply with the
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
UK funds workshop
Om Yentieng said the revised UPR would benefit from lessons learned by
other countries with experience in writing such reports, adding that
the United Kingdom is funding a three-day workshop in Phnom Penh that
started on Monday.
Andrew Mace, the British ambassador to Cambodia, said a key aim of the
workshop was to share the UK's experience gained when drafting its
submission and to "lighten that workload" for Cambodia.
"My second aim [is] to highlight how the UPR can be a positive
process. It is an examination by a country's peers," he said, which
helped member states meet the obligations they had signed up to.
Christophe Peschoux, representative of the UN Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights in Phnom Penh, said the review provided
an opportunity to assess human rights compliance.
"I would like to encourage the government to ensure that the process
of drawing up the state report will be genuine, self-critical where
necessary, and thorough," he said.
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