Cambodian leaders “committed abuses with impunity”, says US State Department in 2020 human rights report

Family members of former officials of the deposed CNRP political opposition gather in front of the US embassy seeking help to release their relatives, October 2020.CamboJA/Panha Chhorpoan

Cambodian government units committed significant human rights abuses last year, according to the U.S. Department of State in its newly released 2020 human rights report.

U.N. rapporteurs chastise Cambodian government for “cycle” of arrests

Prominent unionist Rong Chhun leaves the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh on November 11, 2020, after attending a bail hearing. Panha Chhorpoan

A group of United Nations rights rapporteurs on Monday called for the Cambodian government to stop the “systemic detention” of activists and human rights defenders, a reference to a slew of arrests following the jailing of prominent unionist Rong Chhun.