Cambodia hits out at CIVICUS report

Global rights watchdog accused of ignoring local legal proceedings.

The Cambodian government has rejected a report by the global rights watchdog CIVICUS which accused the long-ruling regime of Prime Minister Hun Sen of ongoing violations of basic rights that continue to shrink the state of civic freedoms in the country.

Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin dismissed allegations of “political harassment” and called for Cambodian authorities to halt the persecution of activists, trade unionists, the opposition and others and end all restrictions on fundamental freedoms.

“They have not studied the actions of those political activists who have been subjected to judicial action under Cambodian law, their [activists] actions are criminal and not an exercise of rights,” he told the pro-government Khmer Times.

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