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Cambodia upholds OHCHR mandate

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Prime Minister Hun Sen and António Guterres at the UN. Courtesy of National Television of Cambodia (TVK)

The Prime Minister announced that Cambodia will uphold the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) allowing it to continue to operate in Cambodia for two more years.


The announcement was made at the meeting between Hun Sen and UN Secretary-General António Guterres in New York on Saturday, Sept.29.

The premier told the UN official that the mandate of the OHCHR will end in late 2018, but Cambodia will honour the MoU for two more years.

He added that he will pay a visit to Geneva in October, and Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn will then and there sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extension with representatives of the OHCHR.

“Cambodia is really willing to continue its works with UN on human rights.”

Mr Guterres agreed to the continuation of the MoU, and expressed his gratitude for the premier’s commitment.

In 2017 the Cambodian government asked the UN human rights representative to respect the Kingdom’s sovereignty and not to interfere in internal affairs, and the bilateral MoU, allowing the OHCHR to continue its works in Cambodia from 2017 to 2018, was still signed by both parties.

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