The verdict this Friday focuses on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed at worksites, cooperatives, security centers and execution sites, including the infamous S-21 prison in Phnom Penh.
Rhona Smith said the government’s development strategy was dependent on a free press and vibrant civil society, as well as fair access to justice and accountability for officials.
Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator with Licadho, a local rights group, said the plan would only be effective if proposals from civil society were taken seriously and acted on.
The 42 NGOs made the statement on the International Day last week to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.
The Cambodian man, identified only as Sakhi, 55, was found dead with another Vietnamese detainee, known as Robat, 77, according to Thailand Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Busadee Santipitak.
Yu Veasna, a land rights activist from Sihanoukville, said Chinese investors in the area had encroached on the Prek Toub lake in the town, which was the main water source for the local community.
Smith began her latest fact-finding visit to Cambodia on Monday, where she plans to meet with government officials, civil society groups and members of the diplomatic community.
Tep Vanny was recently released from prison after more than two years in jail for taking part in a protest in Phnom Penh.
Ny Chakrya was found guilty and could face six months’ imprisonment if the verdict is not overturned.
Committee to Protect Journalists said 262 reporters were in jail at the end of 2017, with Turkey, China and Egypt leading the way in locking them up.
The five defendants – Nay Vanda, Ny Sokha, Lim Mony, Yi Soksan and Ny Chakrya – were accused of bribing a witness in a separate case against Kem Sokha.
'These people are forgotten,' she tells panel; 'they're stateless, they're homeless, they're nameless'.