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Human Rights Group Worries Over Death Threats

An international human rights group expresses grave concern towards human rights workers and journalists working in Cambodia.

In a statement Tuesday, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) based in Hong Kong says the Cambodian government has failed to identify those groups of people who threatened to kill a specific human rights worker and journalist.

According to AHRC, a 44-year-old Cambodian human rights activist, who has been actively campaigning against the illegal land grabbing in Ratanakiri province, received a death threat message through his mobile phone on 15 November 2006.

Previously, AHRC has also reported a similar case where Soy Sopeap, a CTN TV’s news anchor received a death threat letter dated on September 7. Soy Sopheap criticized the Cambodian military commander over land grabbing activities in the country.

AHRC urges the Cambodian government to take action and to investigate into the matters.

Khieu Sopheak, Ministry of Interior spokesman responds to the statement by saying "the Cambodian government always try to protect all Cambodians and human rights workers, otherwise, they would not be able to do their jobs.”