U.S. Joins Consensus to Continue HRC Focus on Cambodia

Cambodia – Advisory Services and Technical Assistance for Cambodia
As delivered by Tabitha Snowbarger

Thank you, Mr. President.

The United States joins other countries in supporting the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.  Professor Smith’s engagement with Cambodian officials and civil society earlier this month in her first official trip to the country is a reminder of the importance of Special Rapporteurs in the international system.  We thank the Japanese delegation for its willingness to accept some of our suggested changes to the resolution.  In joining consensus on this resolution, we highlight the need for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to be free from interference.  This will uphold the progress made in ensuring justice for the crimes of the Khmer Rouge period.  We further underscore our concerns about laws limiting fundamental freedoms and note the need for serious judicial reform in Cambodia.

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