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Comment from UNOHCHR

The resolution, supported by the Cambodian government, was adopted Wednesday by the Council for Human Rights. It requests the Council continue to monitor the human rights situation in Cambodia via the appointment, for one year, of a Special Rapporteur, tasked to assess progress, outline areas of priority and foster dialogue and cooperation with the government, civil society and all actors involved in the reconstruction of a state of the rule of the law in Cambodia. We welcome very much this outcome and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Special Rapporteur, the government and civil society in a spirit of partnership, mutual respect, and effective cooperation. By this I mean working together to look for solutions and address some of the real human rights issues: land grabbing and forced evictions by powerful interests - and when we say land grabbing, what we mean here is theft, a crime under the law; the devastating effects of food prices rising which undermines efforts to reduce poverty; the improvement of the administration of justice to restore public confidence in a court system largely perceived as corrupt, ineffective and abusive (and in particular, the difficult issue of impunity); the improvement of the dire conditions in which over 11,000 prisoners currently live; and cooperation between authorities and a solid, independent civil society in the search for practical, legal, peaceful and just solutions to these burning questions. There has been a lot of progress since 1993, and Cambodia today is far from where it was then. We hope that efforts will continue in order to consolidate positive advances and correct continued abuses....This is a call for an effective dialogue and cooperation.



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