The Cambodian government said it has agreed to shelter up to 300 Afghan refugees while they are being processed for third country resettlement.
UN human rights experts criticized Cambodian authorities over the conviction of union leader Rong Chhun, who was sentenced to two years in prison last week over comments he made about border demarcation. Two other activists were handed 20 month sentences for later holding a peaceful demonstration calling for his release.
A laudatory human rights report compiled by the Cambodian government for the UN accusing protestors of “unlawful or mercenary” behavior has drawn the ire of rights observers in the country who say the true situation has only grown more dire in recent years.
The Cambodian government defended the country’s planned National Internet Gateway (NIG), after three UN Special Rapporteurs raised concerns, saying it could be used to suppress online freedom of expression.
In his first speech since taking office in May, the UN’s newly appointed special rapporteur to Cambodia, Vitit Muntarbhorn, raised concern over a new law creating a national internet gateway and over any form of control over media or online access.