Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Gregg McClymont Gregg McClymont Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings HM Ambassador to Cambodia has had with family members of Cambodian political prisoners who remain in jail.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

HM ambassador to Cambodia has had no recent meetings with family members of anyone currently in prison in Cambodia. However, embassy staff are in regular contact with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and advocates campaigning on judicial reform issues. This includes the case of 21 people who remain detained following demonstrations in Phnom Penh on 2-3 January for whom we have concerns about the terms of their detention and fair trial rights. During my recent visit to Cambodia on 30-31 January, I raised our concerns about the disproportionate force used by the Cambodian security forces to disperse protests in Phnom Penh on 2-3 January, directly with the Cambodian Government and pressed the Government to address allegations of human rights abuses.

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