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UN human rights expert concludes visit to Cambodia
May 13,2019   By:Xinhua
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May 13, 2019 -- Rhona Smith, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, holds a press conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 9, 2019. Smith on Thursday concluded her 11-day visit to Cambodia. (Xinhua/Sovannara)
 
PHNOM PENH, May 13, 2019 -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, on Thursday concluded her 11-day visit to Cambodia.
 
Speaking at a press conference here, Smith said during her trip, she met with Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, Interior Minister Sar Kheng, Land Management Minister Chea Sophara, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana, and Meas Vyrith, secretary-general of National Authority for Combatting Drugs, among others.
 
Also, she talked with a wide range of relevant stakeholders, including representatives of civil society, the diplomatic community and the UN country team.
 
"I have now completed my seventh mission in my capacity as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia," she said.
 
"I would like to thank the government for its invitation to visit and the willingness of so many state officials to meet with me and discuss openly human rights and sustainable development in Cambodia," she added.
 
According to Smith, for this mission, she continued her focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and on the situation of drug and substance-users.
 
Smith undertakes regular missions to Cambodia and reports annually to the Human Rights Council, which appointed her in March 2015.
 
She will present her next report to the Council in September.

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