At the end of her visit, Smith also called for the charges against two former reporters of Radio Free Asia to be dropped.
A UN refugee agency spokesperson in Thailand said careful consideration of the cases must be carried out as “not every asylum seeker is necessarily a refugee”.
Dozens of opposition supporters gathered outside the court on Wednesday during proceedings and without incident.
It has been about nine years since Prum Vannak was rescued by a human rights organization but he said his memory of his time at sea is a wound that will never heal.
The decline in textiles production would also lead to a decline in garment exports of between $320 million and $381 million, the World Bank said.
Cambodia has one of the highest numbers of generals per capita in the world, with several thousand officers reportedly holding the rank.
For former members of the CNRP, even organizing a private party or posting messages and activities online comes with surveillance and questions from the authorities.
Having left Cambodia in October 2017, reporter Aun Pheap speaks to VOA about press freedom issues in the country.
Until now, independent Voice of Democracy had been published only in the Khmer language.
At least 49 people reportedly died after the dam burst and many have since suffered physical and mental health.
With International Press Freedom Day marked May 3, journalists in Cambodia spoke to VOA about working in an environment of intimidation, harassment, and fear of arrest.