Cambodians continue to suffer under a poor human rights situation and government repression, a Washington-based representative of Amnesty International said.
“It is a pathetic situation for Cambodian people, who can not exercise their rights through peaceful demonstration and their own opinion,” she said.
Meanwhile, more than 150,000 people are in danger of homelessness, the group said, in an annual report.
“The Cambodian situation is very tense, regarding the culture of impunity, land-grabbing, the restriction of the public’s campaign to express their own opinions and political discrimination,” the representative said.
Such issues are “chronic” in Cambodia, said Lao Monghay, a senior researcher for the Asian Human Rights Commission.
“It is an injustice that they send people to live on the side of the street, children have no time to go to school, no clean water, no house, and they are living poorly in an area of poor conditions,” he said.