Cambodia and Russia sign human rights agreement

Cambodian Human Rights Committee Vice President Chin Malin signs document with Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova. Photo from Cambodia Human Rights Committee.

PHNOM PENH - Cambodia and Russia  have signed a memorandum of understanding on human rights, Cambodian Human Rights Committee Vice President Chin Malin said.


Chin Malin said the agreement was signed with Russian Human Rights Commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova during the 3rd International Conference on the Protection of Human Rights in Europe and Asia in Moscow on Saturday.


The MoU provides for strengthening cooperation and sharing experience on human rights including protecting the rights of citizens of both countries. It also provides for mutual support in national, regional and internal fora.


Soeung Sen Karona, spokesmen for the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), said: “I think it is not necessary for the kingdom to sign any human rights cooperation agreement with any other countries.”


“Cambodia has already ratified so many international human rights instruments.”


In November, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, called on the government to “respect its citizens’ rights of freedom of opinion, expression and assembly, amid concerns over escalating tensions and a political crackdown across the country.”

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