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Cambodia wants UN rights envoy replaced

[JURIST] Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [official profile] said Wednesday that UN human rights envoy Yash Ghai should be removed from his position as special envoy after Ghai publicly criticized Cambodia's intolerance to dissent [AP report]. The comments come one day after Ghai said that Hun Sen's rule has meant little in the way of human rights or political reform in Cambodia [JURIST news archive]

Ghai was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [UN News report] in November 2005 to review the status of human rights violations [JURIST report] in Cambodia. Since that time, Ghai has visited the nation and met with several opposition leaders imprisoned by the government and has stated their detentions are unlawful under the nation's constitution [text]. AP has more.

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