NGOs Beg to Differ as Cambodia Denies it Harasses Citizens at UN Rights Events

Cambodia has rejected a UN Human Rights Council report accusing the government of sending police to monitor human rights gatherings – intimidating local participants and NGOs – but rights groups said harassment was in fact the norm in the Southeast Asian nation.

Cambodia was cited in a report by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to the Geneva-based Council Wednesday on instances where governments punished their citizens for cooperating with the UN human rights mechanisms and representatives.

“In Cambodia, we continue to receive reports of acts of intimidation against civil society and human rights organizations, which impede their capacity to monitor and report – including to this Council,” said the country-specific section of the global report.

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