H.E. Chin Malin, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and Vice President of Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC), told AKP on Nov. 2 that law enforcement through the judiciary is not a violation of human rights, but the promotion of human rights and the rule of law in a democratic society.

He made the remarks in response to those of U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Patrick Murphy who questioned law enforcement in Cambodia by tweeting yesterday that Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s sentence against a son of an opposition figure is politically motivated charges.

“Based on the national law of Cambodia, minors over 14 years old shall criminally be held responsible for offences they commit, while sentencing shall be subject to a number of legal benefits, i.e. a reduction in sentence from a maximum to only half of their sentence for offences committed and suspension of sentence, etc.,” explained H.E. Chin Malin.

Law enforcement through the judiciary and based on applicable national legal procedures is not a violation of human rights, but the promotion of human rights and the rule of law in a democratic society, he added.

“On the contrary, the fact that the competent authorities used violence and shot suspects dead extrajudicially, on the basis of their colours and races is a real and serious violation of human rights in relation to racism,” underlined H.E. Chin Malin.

Activist of court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kak Sovanchhay, 16, was arrested on June 25, 2021 after inciting serious social unrest and insulting government leaders through a discussion in Telegram group.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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