The UN expert on the human rights situation in Cambodia has expressed serious concerns about restrictions on the media, freedom of expression and political participation ahead of a national election in July, calling on the Government to choose the path of human rights.
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The United Nations human rights envoy to Cambodia asked that the government to respect the rule of law and not “rule by law” during a meeting on Wednesday with the head of the government’s human rights committee.
United Nations human rights envoy Rhona Smith speaks to the press at her office in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, Oct. 19, 2016. Associated Press
“We discussed a range of different human rights issues and the work of the [U.N.] commission on human rights, obviously, and the committee in Cambodia,” said Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, following a meeting in Phnom Penh with Keo Remy, a Cambodian politician who is head of the government’s human right committee.