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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights and Rule of Law in Cambodia

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 1:00pm
2200 Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at a hearing on the status of human rights and the rule of law in Cambodia.

On July 29, The Washington Post reported, "a heightened crackdown on journalists and opposition activists...has provoked new concern that the government [of Cambodia] is engaging in widespread abuse of the nation's legal system to muzzle its detractors." On August 4, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found opposition parliamentarian Mu Sochua guilty of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen. According to the 2008 State Department Human Rights report, current labor law in Cambodia provides only private-sector workers the right to join a trade union without prior authorization, but the government's enforcement of the law has been selective. Additionally, despite the 2001 law requiring land titling for communal land of indigenous peoples, little was done to implement this law and there have been several reported incidences of indigenous peoples being forced to leave their land without compensation. These issues are part of a concerning trend in the Cambodian government's overall human rights record.

If you have any questions, please contact 202-225-3599.

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


  • Mu Sochua, Member of Parliament, Sam Rainsy Party
  • Pung Kek, Founder, LICADHO
  • Moeun Tola, Head of Labor Program, Community Legal Education Center
  • Sophie Richardson, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch



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