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Minister tells UN ‘perfect democracy’ not realistic

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn defended the government before the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Saturday, saying that the ruling party was being held to unrealistic expectations of a “perfect democracy” while the opposition was “committing very serious crimes.” Delivering his first major address to ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-tells-un-perfect-democracy-not-realistic-118422/

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/

Cambodia’s Defense of Rights Record at UN Review Slammed

Foreign donors should push Cambodia’s government to end its human rights abuses as part of its bid to maintain political control of the nation, a rights group said Wednesday, after Phnom Penh allegedly snubbed recommendations by foreign governments to improve the country’s rights record. Representatives of ...

Joshua Lipes
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/review-07022014161641.html

Gov’t rejects 4 human rights recommendations

Cambodia on Thursday rejected four recommendations for improving its human rights situation that it initially accepted earlier this year during its second universal periodic review at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. It also “noted” 38 recommendations—meaning it has not committed to implementing them—some relating ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-rejects-4-human-rights-recommendations-62584/

Restore Free Assembly, UN Rights Council Says

Cambodia’s human rights record was assessed Tuesday by the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 47 member states in Geneva, many of which cited concerns about the recent violent suppression of protests by the government, and a judiciary beholden to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling CPP. The U.N. ...

Lauren Crothers
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/restore-free-assembly-un-rights-council-says-51097/

Cambodia Misses Deadline to Submit UN Human Rights Report

Cambodia failed Monday to make its deadline to submit a key human rights report—known as the universal period review (UPR)—to the U.N., said Mak Sambath, deputy chairman of the government’s Human Rights Committee. Having missed the submission deadline, the government is now hoping to get its ...

Kuch Naren and Dene-Hern Chen
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-misses-deadline-to-submit-un-human-rights-report-46138/

Hun Sen Adds Voice to Reactions Against UN Envoy's Report

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday appeared to add his voice to the strong government reaction against criticism from U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi. Mr. Subedi last month delivered reports on human rights and economic land concessions in Cambodia to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. His ...

UN Delegates Call on Cambodia to Heed Envoy's Remarks

U.N. representatives from Japan, the European Union and Australia called on Cambodia to heed recommendations made in a report on human rights and economic land concessions by the U.N.’s envoy Surya Subedi at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Tuesday. While the E.U. commended Cambodia ...

UN Envoy Paints Bleak Picture of Economic Land Concessions

Economic land concessions (ELCs) benefit only a minority, the human rights consequences of the concessions are stark, and Cambodia’s sustainable economic development is threatened by the practice. U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi told the Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday. Mr. Subedi cited uneven access to ...

UN Envoy Notes Human Costs of Land Concessions

U.N. human rights envoy to Cambodia Surya Subedi wrapped up his seventh mission to Cambodia on Friday, saying that his own assessments of land concessions confirmed that they are being unfairly granted and leaving many communities out in the cold. Mr. Subedi said that meetings held ...

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