Cambodian PM Attends 41st Session of the Human Rights Council

Phnom Penh, July 04, 2019 –Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, attended the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland this afternoon (Phnom Penh time).

In his remarks on the occasion, the Cambodian Premier shared with the participants the real situation of human rights in Cambodia.

“Today, I am delighted to participate in the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council to shed light on what is actually happening in Cambodia regarding human rights, civil society, and particularly on democratic process. It is quite often observed that, Cambodia reported on media is different to Cambodia in reality, and sometimes is completely portrayed in the opposite way,” he said.

Samdech Techo Prime Minister highlighted Cambodia’s recent history of disastrous episodes from the Indochina War 1970-1975 to the Pol Pot genocidal regime 1975-1979, resulting in a complete destruction to the roots of the national socio-economic infrastructure until the complete end of war, peace, national reconciliation and a full national unification in late 1998.

After, peace has opened-up opportunities for development in all areas, while people live in peace and harmony, he added.

“Cambodia, previously known as Killing Field, dominated by authoritarianism and horrific genocide, has transformed herself to the land of freedom with an adherence to the principles of liberal multi-party democracy, by regularly holding free, fair and just elections; and has become a state governed by the rule of law whose citizens enjoy equal treatment before the law,” he said.

Samdech Techo Hun Sen said Cambodia that was previously looked down upon and politically and economically isolated, is now a sovereign state of full independence and territorial integrity, and has actively integrated herself into regional and international architecture, as well as playing active role on an equal footing on regional and international affairs.

Cambodia has successfully graduated herself from a low-income to a lower middle-income country, and is committed to making further efforts to reach an upper middle-income status by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050, underlined the Premier.

By Khan Sophirom