48th session of the Human Rights Council
Item 10: Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the
situation of human rights in Cambodia
Joint Statement by Iceland on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries
6 October 2021
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I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.
We thank the Special Rapporteur for his written report.
While there have been some positive developments, the human rights situation in Cambodia remains concerning. We are alarmed by reports of judicial harassment and repression of opposition members, journalists and human rights defenders, including youth and environmental defenders. In that regard, we call on the Government of Cambodia to fully implement the UPR recommendations which it has accepted, as a matter of priority.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, civic space has been further reduced. We urge the Government of Cambodia to respect the right to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, in the digital, print and public space.
Failure to do so will result in unjust and stifled elections and further delay Cambodia’s 2050 Vision to become a prosperous country guided by social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
We express full support for the mandate extension of the Special Rapporteur and in conclusion ask what is needed for a pluralistic democracy based on respect for and protection of all human rights and the rule of law to materialise in Cambodia?
I thank you.