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.