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Thursday, 29 September 2011

U.N. Special envoy says Cambodia improves on human rights

PHNOM PENH, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya P. Subedi, has said that the overall situation of human rights in the country has improved in recent years.

A statement, which was released Thursday by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, said Surya Subedi, in his report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, acknowledged that "the overall situation of human rights had improved over the years in Cambodia, especially with the enactment of a number of key legislations."

He also noted that "the Government has sped up its legislative program designed to implement, among other things, the key recommendations he made relating to the judiciary in his report last year."

When reached for comment, Koy Kuong, spokesman of Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said he had not yet seen the report presented by Surya Subedi.

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