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UN rights envoy starts visit today

UN rights envoy starts visit today

The most senior UN human rights official to visit the Kingdom since 2010 will arrive today to meet with government representatives and civil society groups, the local UN rights office announced on Friday.

Flavia Pansieri, UN deputy high commissioner for human rights, will visit for five days and meet with senior government officials, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Hor Namhong, the UN said in a statement.

Pansieri “will review the human rights situation in Cambodia and the efforts under way to improve it”.

The local UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights did not respond to questions yesterday as to whether the visit was in response to the heavy-handed crackdown on protests in January that left four dead and dozens imprisoned or the ongoing ban on demonstrations.

Cambodia National Rescue Party spokesman Yem Ponharith said the opposition did not yet have a meeting scheduled with Pansieri but was planning to request one today.


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