Human rights envoy calls for “mutually agreeable settlement”

In a statement issued at the close of his fifth visit to Cambodia, Surya Subedi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, commented on the BKL issue:

“I am dismayed to hear about disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officials during peaceful protests by individuals involved in land disputes. For instance, the violence against the demonstrations by the residents of the Beoung Kok Lake area in April 2011 was regrettable. I am, however, encouraged by the recent dialogue between the remaining communities of Beoung Kok Lake and the municipality of Phnom Penh and look forward to a mutually agreeable settlement.”

The full statement should be available on the UN OHCHR website shortly.

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