Nice editorial on the Cambodian court system.

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Nice editorial on the Cambodian court system.

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The Cambodian National Assembly passed new laws last month governing the composition and organization of the nation’s courts. The net effect is to ratify and reinforce Prime Minister Hun Sen’s control over the judiciary. This is in violation of Cambodia’s Constitution, which calls for a separation of powers and an independent judiciary.

The laws empower the minister of justice to oversee the administration of the judicial system and to appoint and discipline judges — which, as a practical matter, means he can determine the outcome in politically sensitive cases. This formalizes the de facto control over the courts Mr. HE has wielded during almost 30 years in power. All along, the courts have been politicized, ineffective and corrupt. ... ciary.html
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