Human rights in Cambodia: Human dignity under scrutiny and respect for the rule of law

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, April 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- "The rule of law and human rights are two sides of the same principle: the freedom to live in dignity" (United Nations). It is with dignity and with respect for the rule of law that the Asian Vision Institute invites you to take note of how Cambodia continues to evolve in the area of human rights.

In 1991, the Paris Peace Accords brought an end to decades of strife and ushered in what is referred to as a "negative peace" - the absence of armed struggle. In 1998, a full and lasting positive peace came to pass under the "win-win" policy of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Cambodia has since sought to focus on the future, to build state institutions and social cohesion and to adopt alternatives to violence based on the culture of dialogue and national reconciliation. Landmine and weapons reduction campaigns and conflict resolution programs are prime examples of these efforts. In addition to being one of the founders of the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre, Cambodia has actively participated in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping and demining operations. Some 6,000 Cambodian peacekeepers have been deployed in many parts of the world.   

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