Cambodia’s ‘deep regrets’ over US criticism of clampdown

US politicians accuse Cambodia of arbitrary arrests of activists and dissenters.

The Cambodian government has hit back at US politicians upset by the jailing of political and environmental activists and their demands that they be immediately released.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Koy Koung described comments by US government officials as “politically motivated,” adding that all NGOs, including human rights defenders, were free to operate as long as their activities were within the confines of the law.

“Cambodia cherishes the freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly as guaranteed under the constitution,” Koung said in a statement.

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