UN Human Rights Chief Says Violations In Cambodia Unrelenting

The government’s unprecedented crackdown in 2017 saw the jailing of opposition leader Kem Sokha, disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), harassment and surveillance of civil society groups and members, and closure of independent media organizations.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said her office has continued to receive reports of persistent violations of political and civil rights in Cambodia, affecting the political opposition and average Cambodians alike.

The commissioner was speaking at the Human Rights Council session in Geneva last week, when she said the intimidation of civil society groups in Cambodia, arbitrary detention of political opponents and silencing of critics had continued unabated.

“I call on the Government to respect its commitment to uphold all the human rights of its people – including freedom of the media, the impartial rule of law, and the right to freely participate in public affairs without fear of persecution,” Bachelet said in her oral statement.

In full: https://www.voacambodia.com/a/un-human-rights-chief-says-violations-in-cambodia-unrelenting-/5311205.html

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