U.S. officials, including veteran Senator John McCain, have also called on the Trump administration to take action against Hun Sen’s government over the crackdown.
In a statement on Monday, it said the comments from OHCHR were politically motivated and defended Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
Small group of Bunong and Kuy villagers refused to relocate as new Sesan dam started flooding.
The Bunong and Lao people place spiritual significance on the forests and ancestral burial grounds which will be flooded when the dam goes online.
The U.S., and press freedom and human rights groups, strongly criticize Cambodia’s decision to shutdown and pressure civil society and media.
U.S. Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement that he was “concerned and disappointed” by the decision to close the NDI.
The announcement on Wednesday comes amid a broad crackdown on non-governmental groups and critical media outlets ahead of a crucial general election next year, rights groups have said.
The paper was handed a $6 million tax bill earlier this month and given until September 4 to pay or face closure, the seizure of its assets and suspension of its license to operate.
A State Department spokesperson said Washington was in talks with the government in the hope it would approach the disputes “in a fair fashion”.
In the report, CNN interviewed three Cambodian nationals of Vietnamese ethnicity who were identified as Cambodian in the report, prompting the criticism from the government.
U.N. Rights envoy Rhona Smith expressed her support for Vanny’s cause, adding that the U.N. had written several letters to the government and was awaiting a response.
Meas Rithy claimed he “had no bad intentions” when he made the comments and was “just joking” and “educating women”.