Cambodia

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 representations he has made to his Cambodian counterpart on (a) land grabs, (b) human rights, (c) free and fair elections and (d) freedom of expression in that country.

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

I visited Cambodia on 30-31 January. While there I met the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian Foreign Minister, Hor Namhong. I raised our concerns about the disproportionate force used by the Cambodian security forces to disperse protests in Phnom Penh on 2-3 January and pressed the Government to address allegations of human rights abuses. I encouraged dialogue between the Government and opposition to resolve the current political impasse and stressed the importance of democratic freedoms and stability for Cambodia's long-term future. These issues, including land concessions, were also raised by the UK at the recent UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of Cambodia.

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