Statement by the delegation of Cambodia
at the 16th Session of the UPR WG of HRC for the Federal Republic of Germany
25 April 2013

Mme. President,

  1. Cambodia welcomes the delegation of Federal Republic of Germany led by H.E. Mr. Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, at this Second UPR process. We thank the delegation for the introductory presentation of the National Report at this Session.

  2. Since the first UPR Review of Germany, we take note with appreciation of the notable progress made by Germany to address a broad spectrum of human rights.

  3. We welcome the country's efforts in enacting a number of new legislation; Cambodia congratulates Germany for making progress to sign and ratify a number of important international human rights instruments, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol thereto and the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons against Enforced Disappearance (24 September 2009).

  4. We also welcome steps taken by the Government of Germany to address and promote the projects against social exclusion and racial discrimination as part of the National Action Plan on Integration /the programme "XENOS – Integration and Diversity".

  5. As one of most advanced and well-developed countries, Germany has actively participated in relevant mechanisms of human rights by contributing its shared experiences of best practices and constant support to the promotion of human rights of the people at regional and global levels.

  6. In line with the continued efforts of the country at addressing the remaining challenges, we would like to make the following recommendations for Germany:

    • To continue the efforts in implementing the country's comprehensive strategy and programs which would further strengthen the social inclusion and cohesion of all citizen, in particular, with respect to the protection of the rights and legitimate interest of the vulnerable and ethnic groups.

    • To intensify further efforts to prevent and combat human trafficking and to protect its victims.

Thank you