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United Nations envoy to probe children’s rights

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Rhona Smith, left, and Wan-Hea Lee. KT/Mai Vireak

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia will pay her fourth visit to the country from August 8 to 18 to examine children’s rights, among other issues.

An official with the UN High Commissioner Office in Cambodia who asked not to be named said Rhona Smith’s upcoming visit will focus on vulnerable children in Cambodia.

“The plan for this mission focussed on children’s rights has been set for a long time to look at children’s opportunities, forced labour and the situation of children whose parents migrate to work in Thailand,” the official said.

The official added that Ms Smith will be visiting a number of provinces during her mission to the country.

“She will visit various provinces to meet with children in those areas and the organisations that work with children in order to access information on the situation of local children,” the official said.

Seoung Sen Karona, a human rights monitor and investigator for rights group Adhoc, said his organisation plans to brief Ms Smith on what they perceive as the current state of human rights in Cambodia.

“One of the issues is a lack of freedom of expression,” he said. “People who express their opinions end up in jail.”

“We want Ms Smith to talk to the government about the role of civil society organisations,” he added. “Civil society organisations should not have their work blocked by the government.”

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