Within hours of her arrival in the Kingdom, the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, held a closed-door meeting on Monday with civil society organisations.
She was briefed about alleged “restrictions” to freedom of the press and public gatherings, and of NGO activities being “monitored” by Cambodian authorities.
Welcoming her arrival in Cambodia, government spokesman Phay Siphan called on the Special Rapporteur to be a “partner” with Cambodia and report only the “truth” about the development of human rights in the Kingdom, rather than “attack the government”.
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