Prime Minister Hun Sen today congratulated 70th anniversary of Human Rights Day saying the country fully promoted rights and freedom of expression.
Mr Hun Sen wrote a message on his Facebook today saying that Cambodia marked Human Rights Day on December 10 every year to promote rights and freedom of expression, equality and dignity.
Mr Hun Sen said that during the Khmer Rouge regime, people were deprived of their rights, including the right to live, right to get medical treatment, right to education, and right to marriage.
“Pol Pot’s genocidal regime deprived people of all rights and forced them, including young and old people to work so hard. They died without medical treatment as about 3 million people were killed during 3 years, 8 months and 20 days,” he wrote.
He said that after the Khmer Rouge regime was toppled on January 7, 1979, people received full rights and freedom, free elections were conducted while the country was developed.
Civil society groups today were prohibited from marching in Phnom Penh’s streets to mark the Human Rights Day.
Vorn Pao, president of Independent Democratic of Informal Economic Association, said at the Freedom Park that human rights have not yet been fully respected.
“Freedom is restricted by the government as it has not yet fully respected human rights,” Mr Pao said after his group was banned from gathering at the park along the river in front of the Council for the Development of Cambodia.