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Cambodia Descending into Authoritarianism, UN Rights Body Failing to Act

There has been an alarming deterioration in the human rights situation in Cambodia over the last year. In advance of July elections, the Hun Sen government has arrested the leader of the opposition, dissolved the main opposition party, prosecuted and jailed human rights defenders and politicians, and closed or censored independent newspapers and radio stations. Cambodia’s judiciary is controlled by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who uses the courts as a political tool to imprison critics. Mr. President, we welcome the joint statement delivered yesterday by New Zealand on behalf of more than 40 states…

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