Cambodia dismayed by UN envoy’s rebuke

Special rapporteur Vitit Muntarbhorn outlines ‘severe human rights challenges’.

Cambodia has lashed out at Vitit Muntarbhorn, the UN’s special rapporteur, after his latest report urged the government to release all political prisoners and institute democratic reforms required to counter “severe human rights challenges” and single-party rule.

A Foreign Ministry statement described Muntarbhorn’s findings as “largely biased, prejudiced, and unfounded on a number of issues” which ranged from elections to human trafficking and land grabbing to the treatment of prisoners.

“Regrettably, the special rapporteur selectively chose to interact with certain opposition parties while discriminating against many others,” it said.

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