Rights groups and unions raise concerns over proposed national human rights body

Security personnel seize banners from relatives of imprisoned CNRP members at a small demonstration. Protestors had submitted a petition to a UN office in Phnom Penh seeking help in freeing their family members, Picture taken on June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

More than sixty civil society organizations, unions and local communities have expressed concern over the government’s intention to establish a National Human Rights Commission of Cambodia, calling on the government to first improve the current human rights situation and questioning whether such a body would be able to operate independently of the government.