GENEVA (12 April 2021) – UN human rights experts expressed serious concern over a series of harsh new legal and administrative measures adopted by the Royal Government of Cambodia, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, that undermine fundamental human rights, including freedom of movement, peaceful assembly and the right to work.

“We are concerned that the administrative and penal measures including excessive prison sentences and fines provided in the law appear to be disproportionate and unwarranted. All measures taken to fight the pandemic, including possible punishments, should be necessary and proportionate and not be used excessively”, said the UN experts.
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