GENEVA (17 April 2020) – A UN human rights expert warned that the Cambodian Government’s new state of emergency law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic risked violating the right to privacy, silencing free speech and criminalising peaceful assembly.
“A state of emergency should be guided by human rights principles and should not, in any circumstances, be an excuse to quash dissent or disproportionately and negatively impact any other group,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia.
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