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Two Rights Groups Back US Report

Members of Cambodia's two prominent rights groups said Monday they support a US State Department report that said Cambodia's rights record in 2007 remained poor.

The US cited extrajudicial killings, impunity, forced evictions and the lack of freedom of speech and assembly as reasons for its annual findings.

Ny Chakrya, chief of the monitoring unit for the rights group Adhoc, said Monday the government's denial of the report was not unexpected, but it was important that the public see the results.

Ny Chakrya joined Licadho technical supervisor Am Sam Ath for "Hello VOA" Monday to discuss Cambodia's reaction to the report.

Both guests denied the timing of the report's release had to do with Cambodia's upcoming national elections.