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New UN rights envoy

New UN rights envoy

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan named Kenyan attorney Yash Ghai as UN

Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia on November 1, following the

resignation of Peter Leuprecht.

Leuprecht, an Austrian national who teaches law at McGill University in Canada, has

held the post since 2001.

Ghai, a professor of public law at the University of Hong Kong, becomes the fourth

special representative appointed to Cambodia.

Leuprecht became the focus of government criticism in April when he told the UN Human

Rights Commission in Geneva that "I have little good news to report" from

Cambodia.

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