Saturday, June 19, 2010

UN raises concerns over Cambodia's human rights record

The 
United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cambodia was allowed to meet the 
King Norodom Sihamoni. [ABC file photo]
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cambodia was allowed to meet the King Norodom Sihamoni. [ABC file photo]
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:53:00 +0700
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cambodia says he has serious concerns about the kingdom's human rights record.
Surya Prasad Subedi has just completed a 10 day fact-finding mission, focussing mainly on the judiciary.
He says he's uncovered serious shortcomings in a judicial system that is critically underfunded and fails to appropriately train people in the basics of human rights law.
Mr Subedi says Cambodia has made some progress, by allowing him and the UN to meet the King and senior government officials.
However, he says he's still troubled by serious human rights breaches, including the forced eviction of people in government land grabs.
'I'm quite troubled by the impact of land disputes and resettlements on the lives of ordinary people, both in the rural and urban areas, and miscarriages of justice and the narrowing of political space for critical debate in society, mainly due to the disproportionate use of defamation and incitement lawsuits against journalists, activists and political opponents."
(source from ABC radio Australia) 

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