UN official regrets continued restrictions on freed Cambodian opposition leader

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The UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, welcomes the partial lifting of some judicial restrictions on Cambodian political opposition leader Kem Sokha.

The court order prevents Sokha from conducting any political activities or travelling outside Cambodia and requires him to present himself at any call by all competent authorities.

Smith issued the following statement: “The lifting of Mr Sokha’s house arrest is a progressive development, however I regret that the court order continues to limit his civil and political rights, in particular, his freedom of movement and freedom of association. I reiterate calls for the swift conclusion of the investigation into Mr Sokha’s case, or for the charges against him to be dropped.

“I continue to remain concerned over the fate of those 85 individuals who have been detained by the authorities on political grounds.

“I reiterate my call on the government and all parties to reduce escalations in tensions and seek dialogue in a peaceful environment that allows for diverging political voices to be expressed, and to avoid any further restrictions on the rights to freedom of opinion, expression and peaceful assembly.”

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Gursharan Singh
Gursharan Singh
17 Nov 2019 11.08am

I regret that the court order continues to limit his civil and political rights, in particular, his freedom of movement and freedom of association. I reiterate calls for the swift conclusion of the investigation into Mr Sokha’s case, or for the charges against him to be dropped.

Could the above call not be aligned to be external interfering of internal affairs of a sovereign country and its Government? Is the writer aware of full details and reasons as to why the Government in power continues to have some of the restrictions?

This is not to indicate that I support or against the action of the Government.