US ambassador urges Cambodia to respect ‘fundamental freedoms’

The United States’ ambassador to Cambodia has expressed “strong concerns” about prison sentences meted out to peaceful environmental activists and called for their release.

“Speaking up to protect Cambodia’s fragile environment — threatened by illegal logging and commercial exploitation — is admirable,” said Patrick Murphy, according to a report by the government-friendly Khmer Times.

“We urge their release because freedom of expression is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the Cambodian constitution. Respecting fundamental freedoms can help to ensure a peaceful, prosperous, sovereign and democratic future for Cambodia.,”

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