US report scathing of Cambodia’s human rights situation

Violations include torture as well as cruel and inhuman treatment of political prisoners and journalists, it says.

The annual United States Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Cambodia has painted a scathing picture of torture, cruelty and inhumane conditions faced by political prisoners, journalists, and people subjected to arbitrary arrest.

Released overnight, the report found the Cambodian government had failed to act against a litany of human rights abuses that ranged from “harsh and life-threatening prison conditions to arbitrary arrest or detention.”

“There were no significant changes in the human rights situation in Cambodia during the year,” the report said. “Significant human rights issues included credible reports of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government.”

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