UN chief’s report addresses intimidation of NGOs

As part of his annual address to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on September 30 will present a report calling on member states including Cambodia to educate public servants on reprisals and intimidation, noting that local officials had previously harassed groups for engaging with the UN.

The UN chief’s report to the council will highlight instances of reprisals and “intimidation made by security officials against those who engaged with the United Nations,” according to a statement from Garga Mahmoud, communication and information officer at Cambodia’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

The report on intimidation says that in August 2019, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rohna Smith, had “received many reports of local police coming uninvited to events, training sessions or meetings, taking photographs, enquiring about organizers and the agenda or demanding information on participants.”

In full: https://cambojanews.com/un-chiefs-report-addresses-intimidation-of-ngos/

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