UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL – UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW, GENEVA 1 DECEMBER 2009
STATEMENT BY THE GOVERNMENT OF NORWAY
Norway thanks the Delegation of Cambodia for the engagement with the UPR-mechanism of the Human
Rights Council and for the presentation of the national report.
We appreciate the cooperation between Cambodia and the UN Human Rights system, including through
ratification of several UN Human Rights instruments and the cooperation with the Special Rapporteur on
the situation of human rights in Cambodia. We recommend that Cambodia considers favorably the
request for visits by other thematic mandate holders.
Norway recognizes the efforts Cambodia has made in combating trafficking in persons. Important steps
have also been taken to tackle violence against women. Norway recommends that Cambodia intensifies
its effort to improve human rights for women and to combat key problems such as human trafficking,
sexual violence, domestic violence and exploitation of women and children. In this context we
recommend that Cambodia approves the request for a visit by the Special Rapporteur on sale of children.
We remain concerned about reports of lack of judicial independence and effectiveness. We recommend
that Cambodia completes the process of judicial reform and enact essential legislation such as a new
Penal Code, an anti-corruption law, and legislation to guarantee and safeguard the independence and
impartiality of the court system, court personnel and judges in accordance with international standards.
In this context we recommend that Cambodia approves the request for a visit by the Special Rapporteur
on the independence of judges and lawyers.
Human rights defenders play an important role in fostering a culture of human rights. We remain
concerned about the vulnerable situation of human rights defenders, including those working to
promote and protect the right to adequate housing and other rights associated with forced evictions and
land disputes. We recommend that crimes and violations against human rights defenders are effectively
investigated and prosecuted, and that those responsible are punished. Further, we recommend the
Government to adopt measures to disseminate widely and ensure full observance of the Declaration on
Human Rights Defenders.