Human Rights questions Cambodia over harassment of activists

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) has hit out at Cambodia for the harassment of some 100 activists and detention of more than 20.

During the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, Commissioner Michelle Bachelet questioned Cambodian authorities’ continued pressure on members and supporters of the main opposition party which was dissolved at the end of 2017.

“Since the start of this year, police or the courts have questioned over 130 people, and at least 22 opposition members or supporters are currently in detention, on a range of criminal charges or convictions either directly or indirectly related to their political opinion,” she said.

“The right to development needs to rest on participation by everyone in decision-making – including people who offer critical views; and I encourage the Government to take steps to ensure genuine dialogue and respect for fundamental freedoms,” she added.

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