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Defence Ministry slams Human Rights Watch

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Defence Minister Tea Banh and his military top brass during military exercise last months. KT/Mai Vireak

The Defence Ministry on Thursday has hit back at the US-based non-profit human right watchdog for accusing 12 senior Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and National Police officials close to Prime Minister Hun Sen of committing human rights abuses.

The Human Rights Watch issued a 213-page report on Thursday, accusing Mr Hun Sen of orchestrating repression against his opponents.

“He has remained in power by creating a cadre of a ruthless member of the security forces to implement his vision and orders,” the report said.

The report named 12 senior RCAF and police officials, including RCAF commander in chief Gen Pol Saroeun and National police chief Gen Neth Savoeun and accused them of committing human rights violation.

The Defence Ministry said that it was very regretful that the Human Rights Watch intended to provoke incitement by implicating 12 top RCAF and police officials in the violation of human rights.

“The Defence Ministry flatly rejects an accusation created by Human Rights Watch,” the statement said, “The fabricated report violates Kingdom’s sovereignty, independence and rules of law to serve some foreigners and a group of traitors who attempt to create a colour revolution to undermine peace and happiness of Cambodian people.”

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