Cambodia NGOs Call For End to Societal Division on Anniversary of Paris Peace Accords

Several nongovernmental organizations gathered in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Wednesday to mark the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, which ended war between Vietnam and Cambodia, calling for an end to divisions in society amid an ongoing political crisis.

The groups held an event to commemorate the agreement, which led to the U.N.’s administration of Cambodia’s government while the country transitioned to a system of democratic elections, at the newly relocated Freedom Park on the outskirts of the city, after authorities rejected their request to march downtown.

Speaking during the ceremony, representatives of the NGOs slammed Prime Minister Hun Sen for failing to adhere to the principles set forth under the accords, citing what they called “grave breaches of human rights” and the undermining of democracy in recent years.

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