UN Envoy Meets With Rights Workers

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia met with local rights advocates on Monday as she began her second fact-finding mission to the country, one of the meeting’s attendees said.

Nay Vanda, deputy head of human rights monitoring at Adhoc, said he met with Rhona Smith alongside representatives of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee at the headquarters of the U.N.’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Phnom Penh.

“They allowed us to talk for more than two hours and we raised the situation of human rights and the restrictions of independent freedoms,” Mr. Vanda said.

During her mission to Cambodia, which is scheduled to end on March 31, Ms. Smith is focusing on the rights of women and indigenous people.

Christine Pickering, a spokesperson for the U.N. rights office, declined to provide additional details about the envoy’s schedule.

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