Five Cambodian laws proposed or enacted since 2008 include dangerously vague or oppressive provisions that undermine freedom of expression, according to a new report from LICADHO.
This web supplement to LICADHO's latest report, “The Delusion of Progress: Cambodia’s Legislative Assault on Expressive Rights”, further demonstrates the sweeping scope of vague provisions in this new legislation. As shown by a small sample of recent statements from sources ranging from the European Parliament, to UN Special Rapporteurs, to Cambodian government officials themselves, the broad reach of the new laws threatens to criminalize all critical expression.
The report analyzes provisions in five laws that improperly restrict – or threaten to restrict – fundamental expressive freedoms: the new Penal Code, the Anti-Corruption Law, the Law on Associations and NGOs (LANGO), the Law on Peaceful Assembly (the Demonstrations Law), and the Law on Unions of Enterprises (the Trade Union Law). The report also offers dozens of examples of how the laws have been misapplied and abused in the past year.