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Cambodian Permanent Mission to UN hits out at Smith statement

The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) said it had learned “with great dismay” the statement by Rhona Smith, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cambodian-permanent-mission-un-hits-out-smith-statement

Smith urges Kingdom to register indigenous

UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, has urged the government to speed up land registration for indigenous people to prevent possible further land clearance by opportunists. She said this during a meeting with the Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/smith-urges-kingdom-register-indigenous

UN Human Rights Rapporteur to land in capital

The UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, is to land in the Kingdom on Monday, in her first official visit since questioning the “genuineness” of the July 29 national elections, polls she claimed were “one-sided”. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-human-rights-rapporteur-land-capital

UN Rights envoy claims general election ‘not genuine’ without banned opposition party

Rhona Smith, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, has said that the country’s forthcoming national election will not be “genuine” without the participation of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party. ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/un-rights-envoy-claims-general-election-not-genuine-without-banned-opposition-party/4374548.html

UN human rights envoy raises CNRP dissolution in meeting with National Assembly president

UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith raised the forced dissolution of the CNRP and the redistribution of its legislative seats, as well as the government’s frequent legal action against sitting parliamentarians, during her visit on Tuesday with National Assembly President Heng Samrin. ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-human-rights-envoy-raises-cnrp-dissolution-meeting-national-assembly-president

UN rep questions end to CNRP

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia yesterday asked the Interior Minister to justify the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. Rhona Smith is on a 10-day mission to the Kingdom and yesterday held a closed-door meeting with Interior Minister Sar ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50113688/un-rep-questions-end-to-cnrp/

UN rapporteur denied prison meeting with Kem Sokha

UN special Rapporteur Rhona Smith’s request to meet with jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha in a Tbong Khmum prison was rejected by an investigating judge who cited “important tasks” that needed to be completed before outsiders were allowed such access. ...

Ben Sokhean and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-rapporteur-denied-prison-meeting-kem-sokha

UN envoy voices concern to government

UN special Rapporteur Rhona Smith officially commenced her latest visit to the Kingdom yesterday, meeting with the Ministry of Justice to raise concerns over a slew of legislative and constitutional amendments undertaken as part of the government’s recent crackdown on political dissent. ...

Ben Sokhean and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-envoy-voices-concern-government

UN: Cambodia ‘approaching a precipice’ amid threats, fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.” ...

Janelle Retka
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-cambodia-approaching-a-precipice-amid-threats-fear-133853/

UN envoy meets with NEC

The National Election Committee (NEC) yesterday told United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith that election monitoring coalition the “Situation Room” will have to register with the Interior Ministry if it wants to deploy observers for next year’s elections – despite there being no such requirement ...

Soth Koemsoeun and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-envoy-meets-nec

United Nations envoy to probe children’s rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia will pay her fourth visit to the country from August 8 to 18 to examine children’s rights, among other issues. ...

Mom Sophon
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5076543/united-nations-envoy-probe-childrens-rights/

Envoy calls for prison reform

Rhona Smith, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, who is on a three-day trip to the Kingdom, yesterday voiced her concern about overcrowding in prisons caused by an increase in temporary detentions before trials. Ms. Smith, on her third visit to Cambodia, raised ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30689/envoy-calls-for-prison-reform/

UN envoy offers help with surrogacy laws

Visiting U.N. envoy Rhona Smith on Tuesday offered to help Cambodia draft its first laws on surrogacy, a ministry spokesman said. The special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, who arrived on Monday for a 10-day visit, met with Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to discuss ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-envoy-offers-help-surrogacy-laws-119167/

Envoy's report shifts gaze back to Prey Speu

Nougy Mom bounces her 2-year-old son in her arms as she waits at the gates of Phnom Penh’s notorious centre for “undesirables”, Prey Speu. The 34-year-old mother was there to visit her husband, a rubbish collector like herself, who was rounded up by authorities as he ...

Erin Handley and Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/envoys-report-shifts-gaze-back-prey-speu

UN Rights review ‘Not business as usual’

With rebuke raining down on the ruling CPP for its judicial assault, arrests and intimidation of the political opposition and other critics, Cambodia’s annual assessment by the U.N. Human Rights Council will be held next week in Geneva. ...

Janelle Retka
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-rights-review-not-business-usual-117790/

NGOs urge UN action on human rights

Twelve NGOs have issued an open letter to the UN Human Rights Council urging it to adopt a strong resolution on what they term the grave deterioration of the human rights situation in Cambodia. ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-urge-un-action-human-rights

UN rapporteur Rhona Smith defends approach

UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith has responded to growing concerns among the human rights community that she is not fulfilling her mandate. ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-rapporteur-rhona-smith-defends-approach

Justice ministry praises UN rapporteur

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin sang the praises of UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith on Saturday, following a report in the Post on Friday that she had lost the confidence of many in the human rights community.   ...

UN rapporteur not ‘fulfilling mandate’, say rights veterans

Concerns are mounting among the human rights community, particularly in the wake of political analyst Kem Ley’s murder, that UN Special Rapporteur to Cambodia Rhona Smith is failing to fulfil her mandate in a time of what one observer termed “fear and confusion”. ...

Jack Davies
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-rapporteur-not-fulfilling-mandate-say-rights-veterans

UN envoy sees rights deteriorate in absence

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia said the political climate had clearly deteriorated in the six months since her first fact-finding mission and that the country remained at a “dangerous tipping point” ahead of commune and national elections. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-envoy-sees-rights-deteriorate-in-absence-110703/

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