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Voices of rights day

Many different rights are suppressed by the authorities, and the state broadcasting system is still not independent. We also want the government to provide more information about development and economic land concessions [to the people]. Man Chenda, 43, Phnom Penh

I have walked [from Kampong Speu to the National Assembly] because the government has not protected all human rights properly. The authorities are always cracking down when people protest about their land and houses. And at Stung Meanchey pagoda, when workers were only protesting, they shot at and injured many workers, and many monks were also beaten. Vong Khla, 45, Kampong Speu

I want the government to respect human rights properly as stated in the law and not just on paper. Think of poor people’s benefit first. Do not take the investors more seriously than the land owners. Reach Sima, 25, Kampong Chhnang

Corruption and the rigging of people’s votes show that the government does not follow the universal human-rights principles. Ouk Vann, 74, Kandal

Civil servants still use their power to force people to obey laws, but they themselves do not. The state media is still not independent, social injustice and human rights abuses remain rampant. What I need is for [the authorities and politicians] to act according to the law and to show that people’s rights are guaranteed by the government. Nhor Rithy, 37, Phnom Penh

We do not have full rights. Our lives are suppressed and trampled on because we support the [opposition party]. The local authorities discriminate against me when donations are distributed by the Cambodian Red Cross. They never ask me to join in to collect the gifts. Phy Oeun, 56, Kandal

I have joined the rally so there will be no more suppression or killing, and they have to stop treating people badly everywhere and selling territory to foreigners. And if there are any [problems] to discuss, please do not use violence. Chan Run, 78, Kampot

The state of human rights are very bad, especially for indigenous people. The government needs to take action on [economic land concessions]. Dams and deforestation also affect indigenous people. Samir, Mondulkiri, 26

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