Capital punishment in Cambodia

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Capital punishment in Cambodia is abolished. Cambodia abolished the death penalty in 1989.[1]

Cambodia is one of only two ASEAN countries (the other being the Philippines) to have abolished capital punishment.[2] [3]


The Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia (1993) at Art. 32 states:[1]

"All people have the right to life, freedom and personal security. There shall be no capital punishment."


In 1995, First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh made calls for Capital punishment by calling for murderers and drug traffickers to be killed by the State.[4]

In 2019, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that he was considering introducing the death penalty for people who rape children, but he said it would only happen after a nationwide referendum.[5][6][7] A couple days after this announcement, Hun Sen shifted his stance.[8][9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "HANDS OFF CAIN against death penalty in the world".
  2. ^ Sheehan, James; Lermet, Olivier. "Death penalty has no place, National, Phnom Penh Post".
  3. ^ "ASEAN countries step back on the path towards abolition". World Coalition Against the Death Penalty.
  4. ^ Staff, Post. "Why capital punishment is a bad idea for Cambodia, National, Phnom Penh Post".
  5. ^ Chheng, Niem. "PM mulling referendum over death penalty for 'beasts' who rape children, National, Phnom Penh Post".
  6. ^ "Hun Sen wants death sentence for child rapists". March 10, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cambodia leader Hun Sen considers death sentence for rapists". South China Morning Post. March 10, 2019.
  8. ^ says, យិន Chek (March 11, 2019). "Hun Sen shifts stance on death penalty".
  9. ^ Times, Asia. "Asia Times | Lessons from Hun Sen's death penalty U-turn | Opinion". Asia Times.