Statement by Ambassador Mitsuko Shino
The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
Thank you, Mr. Vice-President.
I would like to speak with good spirits of cooperation.
The human rights situation in Cambodia has gradually but steadily improved since the Paris Peace Accord. We welcome the good cooperative relations to date between the Government of Cambodia and the Special Rapporteur, Professor Rhona Smith, and the OHCHR Cambodia field office.
On the other hand, Japan is concerned that Cambodia’s biggest opposition party has been dissolved and there has been a negative influence on the activities of opposition parties and civil society amidst the rise of political tensions prior to the upcoming National Election. In order to resolve these issues, Japan believes that it is important for all stakeholders, including the ruling party as well as opposition parties, to take disciplinary actions and promote dialogue among the Cambodian people.
The dedicated efforts of the democratically elected Government of Cambodia and all domestic stakeholders are crucial to realize a Cambodian society where human rights are truly respected. The Government of Japan therefore requests that all sides do their utmost to resolve the current situation.
There is not much time left until the National Election scheduled for the end of this month. We call for further efforts by the Cambodian government and all other stakeholders to ensure that the National Election will be carried out in a proper manner that reflects the will of Cambodia’s citizens. Japan will continue to provide necessary assistance to this end.
Cambodia still suffers from the unfortunate legacy of its long civil war and building a stable democracy requires patience. Japan has been contributing to strengthening the rule of law in Cambodia through our assistance for the country’s legal system and involvement in the Khmer Rouge Trial. We will continue to actively contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights in Cambodia.
I thank you, Mr. President.