The UN’s special human rights envoy to Cambodia says he will consider mediating political talks between Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties.
The envoy, Surya Subedi, is in Phnom Penh on a fact-finding mission, following the deadly crackdowns on protesters workers earlier this month.
The envoy, Surya Subedi, arrived Wednesday in the wake of violent crackdowns on opposition and labor protesters.
Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha were summoned to Phnom Penh court for questioning about bloodly crackdown in early January by government's armed forced on striking garment workers. (Reuters)
Cambodia's opposition leaders were questioned for four hours at a Phnom Penh court on Tuesday, but they were not held on charges related to the incitement of violence during recent demonstrations.
Ny Chakrya, head investigator for the rights group Adhoc, said the summons was “politically motivated.”
Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue Party supported the protests, but he denies inciting the violence, saying the charges are politically motivated
A federation of international trade unions from 161 countries is calling for the Cambodian government to release workers arrested in violent protests earlier this month.
Crackdowns on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 left five people dead, 40 injured and 23 arrested.
A Cambodian court freed Russian real estate tycoom Sergei Polonsky on Monday and he will not be extradited to Russia to face embezzlement charges there, his lawyer said.
Garment exports account for some $5 billion annually, but workers say they cannot live on the current minimum wage of $80 per month.