An opposition official says the campaign in the provinces had been met with several incidents of harassment and disruption by local authorities, which he called “a serious violation of political rights.”
The city is thought to be at high risk of sinkholes due to its position astride numerous lakes, which the government has filled in over the years to expand the land on which it can build.
Phay Siphan, a spokesman for the Council of Ministers, said the resolution “only reflects the interests of the European lawmakers and politicians.”
However, in order to qualify for membership, the US official said Cambodia needed to demonstrate a level of openness that comes with the trade deal.
The protests were planned to happen simultaneously on Friday in Canada and several states in the U.S. and in France and Australia on on Saturday.
“The Secretary-General conveyed his hope that the Government of Cambodia would ensure full respect for human rights, including the freedoms of expression, association, and assembly,” read the statement.
“At the end when Uncle Nuon ordered me to destroy all human beings from S-21, I was very shocked and could not do anything. I was sick the day that the Vietnamese arrived,” Duch told the court. “I was very scared.”
Though the Khmer Rouge has been gone for decades, many victims have not recovered from the pain of losing their family and their loved ones decades ago.
Voters on Wednesday said they expected nothing positive to come from the recent developments.
Duch, who oversaw the torture and execution of more than 15,000 people at the prison, became the first Khmer Rouge official to be found guilty of crimes during the reign of the regime.
An estimated 3.5 million Cambodians can speak English.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party held a Buddhist ceremony at its to pray for the protection of its lawmakers.