UN envoy making informal visit

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association will arrive in Cambodia on February 5. While the special rapporteur, Maina Kiai, is only paying “a brief non-official academic visit”, the trip comes as the constitutional right to freedom of assembly has been suspended following violent clashes between protesters and authorities. During his three-day visit, Kiai will meet with civil society groups, labour activists and other stakeholders to discuss freedom of assembly in Cambodia. Read Article: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-envoy-making-informal-visit

Update on the Legal and Institutional Framework for the Protection of All Persons Deprived of their Liberty

Summary A person is deprived of his or her liberty when he or she is detained, either lawfully or unlawfully. Over ten million people are currently detained around the world by means of incarceration or imprisonment. However, other forms of detention include institutionalization for mental health reasons and detention due to migrant status. The failure to adequately protect the rights of those deprived of their liberty is a major roadblock in providing equal access to justice to all people. Whether a deprivation of liberty is arbitrary or legitimate, international human rights laws, standards, and other mechanisms provide certain protections to those deprived of their liberty. These protections aim to prevent abuses of those who have been deprived of their liberty, such as torture, neglect...

The Legality of Potential UN Involvement in Elections

The Cambodian national elections took place on July 28, 2013. The process of independently verifying the legitimacy of the results of that election is far from over. Although the Cambodian Government has taken measures to verify the election results, including, verification of ballot papers by the National Election Committee (NEC), referral to the Constitutional Council by the opposition and election monitoring from many non-governmental organizations, the opposition suspects the NEC and the Constitutional Council of bias due to their relationship to the ruling party. According to the opposition, the method of nomination of members of the NEC is one of the most controversial elements involved. The two major political parties in Cambodia have agreed to enter into negotiations to establish a...