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Cambodia’s human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

03 May 2024

GENEVA (3 May 2024) – The human rights record of Cambodia will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time on Wednesday, 8 May 2024, in a meeting in Geneva that will be webcast live.

Cambodia is one of 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session from 29 April to 10 May 2024. The first, second and third UPR reviews of Cambodia took place in December 2009, January 2013, and January 2019, respectively.

The UPR Working Group is comprised of the 47 Member States of the Human Rights Council. However, each of the 193 UN Member States can participate in a country review.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations, and civil society groups.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Cambodia on 8 May can be found here.

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Time and date: 9:00 – 12:30, Wednesday, 8 May 2024 (Geneva time, GMT +2 hours).

The UPR is a peer review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN Member States have been reviewed thrice. During the fourth UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow up on and highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of Cambodia will be led by Mr. KEO Sothie, Vice President of the Cambodia Human Rights Committee.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Cambodia are Ghana, Japan, and Montenegro.

The webcast of the session will be at: https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1m/k1myt1y4lw

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Cambodia will be posted on the UPR Extranet.

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Cambodia on Friday, 10 May 2024, between 16:00 and 18:00 (CEST). The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during its review.

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