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Independent UN expert stresses need to ensure freedom of expression in Cambodia

24 February 2011 – An
independent United Nations expert today voiced his concern about the
use of the crime of incitement against human rights defenders in
Cambodia, while stressing the need to ensure that people can express
their views peacefully and without fear.

Surya Prasad Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia

“Criticism is not a crime but an exercise of freedom of conscience,
an act of intelligence,” Surya Subedi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights in Cambodia, said at the end of his fourth fact-finding mission to the country.

“There is a narrowing of space for people to express their views
peacefully and without fear, including those belonging to different
political parties,” he warned. “The peaceful expression of opinion
should not be dealt with under the Penal Code as is currently the case
with crimes such as defamation and falsification of information.”

The 15 to 24 February visit focused on the capacity of parliament to uphold the rights of the people and democratic norms.

“Democracy is not only about holding periodic elections, but
developing a culture of debate, pluralism and participation. A properly
functioning democracy requires an effective opposition,” said the
expert, who reports in an independent and unpaid capacity to the
Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.

Mr. Subedi welcomed efforts taken by the Government to improve
the situation of human rights, including those related to the
judiciary, land rights and housing issues, preventing torture, and
peaceful demonstrations.

He will submit his full report to the Human Rights Council later this year.

Source: UN News Center

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