Photograph: Pha Lina / Phnom Penh Post Over 500 Civil Society Organizations Ask the Government to amend the Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy On the organization and functioning of the judiciary and the statute of judges and prosecutors.

The request by the civil society organizations was made during the 4th Royal Government-NGO Partnership Forum Held on February 3, attended by senior officials, Ministry of Interior, representatives of relevant ministries, government delegations, provincial and provincial authorities and Total relevant institutions More than 300 people.

Soeung Saroeun, Executive Director of the Cambodian Cooperation Committee and representatives of civil society organizations, urged and encouraged the government to consider amendments to the law. 3 including 1. Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy Law on the Organization and Functioning of the Judiciary Law on the Statute of Judges and Prosecutors.

“In fact, they [judges and prosecutors] still have the freedom to join and be members of any political party Of them as individuals. Restricting their freedom to participate in political life may be a better option to ensure neutrality of mindset.

He added that Cambodia had adopted the Law of the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, but that Cambodia had not implemented the French system in This is the case. He said the law on the organization and functioning of the judiciary should be more independent from public administration. In particular, the independence of the budgetary expenditure in administrative processes independent from the executive, and in the Kingdom of Cambodia, the administration of the judiciary under the Ministry of Justice .

Mr. Saroeun also said that civil society organizations also encouraged and encouraged the Ministry of Interior to further enhance the effectiveness of the implementation of the notification notice. Canceling an alert will take more action. He also asked the Ministry of Interior to apply equally to all trends in the activities of civil society organizations. Performs indiscriminately and completes all surveillance, surveillance, and other activities that may directly and indirectly affect Humanitarian performance.

“[The Ministry] continues to pay attention to strengthening and expanding the promotion [order of the Ministry of Interior] on a regular basis To the competent authorities. The Ministry of Interior should take disciplinary action against any authority who refuses to comply with or contrary to the content of this regulation. ».

He added that civil society organizations also asked Prime Minister Hun Sen to speed up the drafting and approval of the bill on access to information and suggested Consider getting input submitted by civil society organizations. He said civil society organizations supported the reform of public administration on strengthening public officials' neutrality.

Meanwhile, he told the Post yesterday that some civil society organizations requested amendments to the statute of judges and Prosecutors because the law does not explicitly set judges and prosecutors away from political neutrality.

According to Adhoc, spokesman for the rights group Adhoc, the judiciary in Cambodia has been criticized for not being able to provide social justice. A large number of judicial officials are involved in political trends and in personal interest and corruption.

“Until a good law and good practice is made, the Cambodian judiciary can restore its image and belief. Otherwise, the public and the public will still be criticized. ”

Government spokesman Phay Siphan says the request by civil society organizations to amend the three laws depends on The Department of Justice decides whether or not the Department of Justice reviews the request.

Regarding the Access to Information Act, he said the Royal Government of Cambodia has confirmed that it will be issued by 2020.

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said yesterday: “We welcome the request as well as the comments of civil society organizations that Where applicable and ineffective and requesting amendments, we will consider if there is a clear basis. Because of all these laws, we are based on the experience and international practice of a large number of developed and democratic countries. ”