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 recent assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Cambodia.

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

As set out at the recent UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of Cambodia, we remain concerned about recent events in Cambodia, including restrictions on peaceful political protest and freedom of expression. I raised these concerns with Prime Minister Hun Sen on my visit in January. We continue to urge the Government and opposition to engage in substantive dialogue to deliver long-term political and judicial reforms that strengthen the democratic process. We remain concerned about the lack of an independent and impartial judiciary, corruption and weaknesses in the legal and judicial system. We urge Cambodia to implement the Special Rapporteur's recommendations on electoral reform and to undertake an urgent review of economic land concessions before the current moratorium on them is lifted.

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