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Cambodian Officials Criticize UN Human Rights Expert

Cambodian government officials strongly criticized UN Special Representative to the UN Secretary General on Human Rights, Peter Leuprecht, yesterday.

The U.N. human rights expert says rampant corruption in Cambodia is hindering the country's progress toward democracy and economic development.

In a report submitted to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva on Monday, Leuprecht says problems of impunity have become systemic to the detriment of the society.

Prime Minister Hun Sen's senior advisor Om Yintieng called Leuprecht's report a lie and that it does not reflect the truth.

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith said he is not surprised to hear what the human rights expert had to say about Cambodia.

Kanharith said it's Leuprecht's job to criticize Cambodia because if he reports the truth about Cambodia, he will no longer have a job.