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Cambodia has dedicated terrorism legislation in force. A law adopted in 1992 to punish terrorism was supplemented by a 2007 statute to give force to United Nations sectoral treaties and relevant Security Council resolutions. There is no carve-out for the exercise of fundamental human rights.   

Compliance with International Law:
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The Definition of Terrorism in Domestic Law

Cambodia's 1992 Law defines acts of terrorism as "those acts of violence which is committed by one sole individual or one or many groups of persons which create panic amongst the mass of the people aiming at causing strong turmoil to the public order and security and affect the political stability."Art. 1, 1992 Law on the Punishment of Terrorism. 

Adherence to Global and Regional Terrorism Treaties

Cambodia has adhered to most of the main United Nations treaties on terrorism.


Adherence to Global Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
1973 Convention on Crimes against Internationally Protected Persons State Party
1979 Hostage-Taking Convention State Party
1997 Terrorist Bombings Convention State Party
1999 Terrorist Financing Convention State Party
2005 Nuclear Terrorism Convention Signatory


Cambodia has also adhered to the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) 2007 regional treaty on terrorism.


Adherence to Regional Terrorism Treaties
Treaty Adherence
2007 ASEAN Treaty on Counter Terrorism State Party

Laws and Penalties for Terrorist Offences

The 1992 Law generally specifies life imprisonment for terrorist offences that had an intended or actual fatal result.Art. 3, 1992 Law to Punish Terrorism.

Aircraft hijacking carries a sentence of between 20 years and 30 years in prison. That is increased to life imprisonment if fatalities are caused among the victims of the hijacking.Art. 15, 2007 Law on Counter Terrorism.For the use of explosives in terrorist offences, imprisonment for a period of between 20 years and 30 years is stipulated in the 2007 Law.Art. 75, 2007 Law on Counter Terrorism.A similar sanction is stipulated for hostage taking.Art. 34, 2007 Law on Counter Terrorism.

Counterterrorism Capacities and Policies at Domestic Level

Cambodia has dedicated national counterterrorism Special Forces. Regional States, such as Australia, have provided assistance to Cambodian law enforcement agencies to engage in counterterrorism operations.


Cambodia 1992 Law on the Punishment of Terrorism

Cambodia 2007 Law on Counterterrorism (English version)