U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh Marking International Human Rights Day

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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On December 10, seven embassy representatives, including the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., marched with a crowd of over 1,000 through central Phnom Penh to mark the 64th anniversary of International Human Rights Day. Participants, including union leaders, garment workers, students, human rights activists, and diplomats, converged at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, where many expressed concern over increasing pressure from the government and a “worsening human rights environment.” Speakers at the event appealed to the government to provide good governance and to stop taking actions against human rights defenders. The Chargé reiterated that governments had an obligation to respect fundamental freedoms enshrined under international law and to ensure that the judicial system was free from political interference.

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