Acting NA President Receives UN Special Rapporteur Ms. Rhona Smith

Acting Present of the National Assembly (NA) H.E. Nguon Nhel received visiting Ms. Rhona Smith, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, at the NA Palace on Mar. 22.

The suspension of parliamentary immunity, violence on parliamentarians, draft Trade Union Law and enhancement of women’s participation in politics were the main topics of discussion on the occasion.

Regarding the parliamentary immunity suspension, H.E. Nguon Nhel explained that NA takes action at the request of minister of justice so that judicial investigation could be conducted into the case concerning the accused parliamentarians, whereas the attacks on two lawmakers last year, H.E. Nguon Nhel said that NA has condemned the violent act and pushed relevant institutions to arrest the perpetrators.

For the draft Trade Union Law, the acting NA president said the royal government has elaborated this draft law in cooperation with relevant institutions and civil society organisations (CSOs). In addition, the draft law has been discussed and reviewed many times by the NA specialized commissions, ad-hoc working group and CSOs.

H.E. Nguon Nhel also laid stress on Cambodia’s high attention to enhancing human rights respect, mainly women’s right and participation in politics, as well as to promoting the participation of young parliamentarians and those from ethnic minority groups.

Source: AKP