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Final fact-finding mission to Cambodia

UN Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi launches his final fact-finding mission to Cambodia

GENEVA / PHNOM PENH (13 January 2015) – United Nations human rights expert Surya P. Subedi will carry out an official visit to Cambodia from 17 to 25 January 2014. This is Mr. Subedi’s last mission in his capacity as the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia as appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

“My visit to the country is part of my overall assessment of the situation of human rights in Cambodia today,” the expert said. “In my last mission to the Kingdom, I will focus on the progress achieved towards making state institutions independent with particular reference to legal and judicial reform.”

Mr. Subedi is expected to meet with the Prime Minister and other senior members of the Royal Government during his nine-day mission. He will also meet with human rights defenders, representatives from civil society organisations and communities as well as the UN Country Team and the donor community.

Since his appointment as Special Rapporteur in March 2009, Mr. Subedi has made eleven visits to the Kingdom of Cambodia to date, and has presented seven reports to the UN Human Rights Council.

The independent expert presented his final report* to the Human Rights Council in September 2014, and will be completing his full term of six years in this position in March 2015 when a new mandate holder will be appointed.

The Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference at the end of his visit, on Friday 23 January at 3 p.m. at the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR), 10 Street 302, Boeng Keng Kang 1, in Phnom Penh.

(*) Check the Special Rapporteur’s latest report to the Human Rights Council (A/HRC/24/36): http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session24/Pages/ListReports.aspx

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