Key Points

An examination of the Universal Periodic Review of (UPR) Cambodia across two cycles (2009, 2014) reveals the following:

  • Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB), which is guaranteed under the Constitution, did not arise significantly across two cycles amidst concerns for other rights violations, diminution of basic civil rights and abuse of human rights defenders.

Key UPR Recommendations on FoRB

The following recommendations were made on FoRB across two cycles:

  • Cambodia should cooperate with the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council and to allow the Special Rapporteur on FoRB to visit Cambodia; and

  • Respect the right of religious communities to exercise their right to assembly and to freedom of expression.

Follow-up Action for Parliamentarians

Whereas the Government of Cambodia has noted its guarantees on FoRB, Parliamentarians must follow-up in order to:

  • Encourage the Government to receive the UN Special Rapporteur on FoRB;

  • Foster a climate in which ideas from all religions can be freely exchanged; and

  • Urge the Government to respect the basic civil rights of religious communities.

Source: Country Briefing on Freedom of Religion or Belief produced by Asia Centre and IPPFoRB

Elizabeth Renomeron