Gov’t Rejects Human Rights Watch Report, Calls It “Revenge”

Government officials have rejected the findings of an annual rights report released by Human Rights Watch on Wednesday, saying the U.S.-based group was only looking to create disturbances in Cambodia.

Human Rights Watch released its global assessment of human rights violations on Wednesday, with the Cambodia section pointing to severe decline in the country’s rights record. The five-page section highlights how the dissolving of the opposition and the creation of a one-party parliament after the 2018 election has exacerbated the curtailment of human rights.

The report said there had been an increase in political prisoners, which is linked to the criminalizing of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, forcing its supporters and activists to live in fear or flee the country.

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