Shortly after a speech in New York by US President Barack Obama, in which he applauded the efforts of human rights defenders, Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong says the country is making progress.
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is slated to deliver a speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York.
Cambodia, Australia Sign Contentious Refugee Deal
The secretive deal, which comes with $40 million in Australian aid to Cambodia, has been widely criticized by international rights groups as a poor solution to a refugee crisis.
Cambodia and Australia on Friday signed a controversial deal in which Cambodia agreed to take an open-ended number of refugees held at Australia's offshore detention facilities.
A memorandum of understanding will be signed during the two-day visit by Scott Morrison, Minister of Migration and Border Protection of Australia, the Cambodian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
One was Chut Wutty, an activist who was shot to death by security guards in 2012 and the other was Chok Sopheap, a prominent activist.
Filloux spent years working with victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia.
Human rights in Cambodia is deteriorating and activist has urged the two main political parties to work together to reverse the trend and end culture of impunity.
A general view of daily activities of residents at Phnom Penh's White Building on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
A general view of Phnom Penh's White Building, known locally as the "Building" and its residents on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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