I refer to your Gecko column of the May 6-19, 1994 publication
of the Post which reports that the Center for Human Rights was shutting down.
Your information is completely unfounded, and creates a wrong impression
on many persons and organizations in Cambodia, who are associated with the
The Center is continuing its work, with close collaboration with
The Center submitted a detailed comments on the Immigration
Law, and has reviewed several other proposed laws, during the last few weeks.
The Center conducted several education classes in prisons, and has
produced a Khmer version of the reporting manual for the use of Cambodian
The Center also conducted investigations into the recent
killing on the Vietnamese and several other violations of human rights. During
April, Justice Kirby, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for
Human Rights in Cambodia, wrote to the Royal Government of Cambodia on several
occasions relating to human rights concerns.
The Center will continue
its activities, and the impression created by your news item is incorrect and
damaging to the Center.
I would be grateful if you take suitable steps to
correct this unfortunate impression created by your publication.
Basil Fernando, Officer-in-Charge, Cambodia Field Office, UN Center for Human