Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - US House to discuss rights in Cambodia

US House to discuss rights in Cambodia

US House to discuss rights in Cambodia

THE US House of Representatives plans to hold a hearing to discuss the current political and social climate in Cambodia, the US Embassy in Phnom Penh confirmed on Monday.

Embassy spokesman John Johnson said that the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a group of congressional representatives who monitor rights norms around the world, "will meet on September 10 to discuss the human rights situation in Cambodia, and ... they have invited some Cambodians to participate."

Radio Free Asia reported on Thursday that in addition to members of the US State Department and Congress, SRP parliamentarian Mu Sochua, Licadho rights group president Pung Chiv Kek and Cambodia Labor Organisation President Moeun Tola will be present at the hearing.

The hearing will focus on the recent spate of defamation lawsuits by government officials against the opposition, accusations of government manipulation of the judiciary and land evictions of questionable legality, the RFA report said.

During a visit to Cambodia on August 18, US Senator Jim Webb met with Prime Minister Hun Sen, as well as opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha. The senator said afterwards that he "listened in great detail to the concerns of the opposition leaders" regarding the ongoing crackdown on political speech in the Kingdom, though he stopped short of condemning the government on this point.

MOST VIEWED

  • Angkor Wat named as the top landmark for the second year

    Travel website TripAdvisor has named Cambodia’s ancient wonder Angkor Wat as the top landmark in the world for the second year running in their Travelers’ Choice Award 2018, an achievement Cambodian tourism operators expect will attract more tourists to the Kingdom. The website uses traveller

  • New US bill ‘is a violation of Cambodian independence’

    After a US congressmen introduced bipartisan legislation that will enact sanctions on Cambodian officials responsible for “undermining democracy” in the Kingdom, government officials and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party on Sunday said they regarded the potential action as the “violation of independence and sovereignty

  • Hun Sen detractors ‘will die’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said those who curse or insult him would eventually die without a plot of land to bury their bodies after being killed by lightning, suffering the same fate as those who recently died in Thmar Baing district in Koh

  • Ministry’s plan for net sparks fears

    The government has ordered all domestic and international internet traffic in the Kingdom to pass through a Data Management Centre (DMC) that has been newly created by the state-owned Telecom Cambodia, in a move some have claimed is an attempt to censor government critics. Spokesman