As part of their concerted attempt to combat torture, five civil society organizations have joint to mark the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with an event at the Imperial Hotel on June 26, 2013. The Right to Justice and Rehabilitation of tortured victims is the theme for this year’s campaign.
The event is being organized by the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC), the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Cambodia (TPO), the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the Dignity-Danish Institute Against Torture (Dignity). The organizers urge the government to implement the criminalization of torture and reaffirm its commitment to end impunity and provide compensation to victims of torture. Nearly 21 years have passed since the Cambodian Government ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) in 1992 and its Optional Protocol in 2007, including the incorporation of this convention into its new national legislation under the Criminal Code 2009. However, Cambodia is yet to enforce its new legislation that criminalizes torture and provides adequate redress to victims of torture.