UN Human Rights Envoy Begins Third Country Visit

Focusing on discrimination against ethnic minorities and marginalized groups as well as “the current situation of human rights,” Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on Cambodia, returned this week for her third country visit, according to a U.N. news release.

Aside from a scheduled discussion this afternoon with Keo Remy, head of the government’s Human Rights Committee, details of the 10-day trip that officially began on Monday will not be released in advance, according to a spokeswoman for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

UN human rights envoy to Cambodia Rhona Smith speaks at a press conference at the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Phnom Penh last year. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
UN human rights envoy to Cambodia Rhona Smith speaks at a press conference at the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Phnom Penh last year. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

“This is because a lot of the meetings haven’t been officially confirmed yet, and may be done so very last-minute, and also because some of the meetings are private,” she said.

Ms. Smith’s visit follows her annual report at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva last month, in which she raised a litany of rights abuse concerns, saying the situation had only worsened since she said the country was “close to a dangerous tipping point” during her last visit in April.

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