The United Nations’ Spokesperson of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Sept. 11 issued a statement calling on the Cambodian government to put an end to measures taken against human-rights and environmental-rights activists over the last few months.
Since trade union leader Rong Chhun was arrested on July 31, the statement read, “we have documented the arrest of 24 human rights defenders in Cambodia [with some of them later released]…Numerous individuals have also reported receiving threatening phone calls, including death threats, if they don’t cease their human rights activism, and have reported that they are being followed.
“We have also witnessed the unnecessary and excessive use of force by security forces against women demonstrators on at least five separate occasions in recent weeks…The current situation marks a deepening of the Government’s intolerance to dissent and repression of the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. It is mainly directed at human rights organizations, environmentalists and human rights defenders.”
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