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Hun Sen proposes replacement of UN human rights envoy to Cambodia
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18:00, December 12, 2007

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Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday criticized the current UN human rights envoy to Cambodia Yash Ghai and proposed to Secretary-General Ban Kim-moon that he should be replaced.

Yash Ghai on Monday attended a ceremony in Phnom Penh to mark the International Human Rights Day and released a statement claiming that Cambodian citizens live in fear of land grabbing, repression and a court system which offers scant hope of justice, with international donors seemingly turning a blind-eye.

"I hope U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kim-moon should monitor this person because I don't have the right to change him," said Hun Sen, without revealing Yash Ghai's name.

"The secretary-general has the right to use this person to continue his work, but I have the right of not meeting him forever," he told the opening ceremony of a women's dormitory center inside the Institute of Technology of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.

"He came here for a short period of time, so how could he know about the (real) human rights situation in Cambodia? This person didn't say the positive signs in Cambodia but only the negative signs," Hun Sen said.

"This person's own country, Kenya, is in bad situation of human rights and he should go to his country to improve them there," he added.

"I suggest to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kim Moon, if he still uses this person, the Cambodian prime minister won't work with him forever," he said.

On Tuesday, Cambodian government officials also denounced Yash Ghai as unwelcome person for the kingdom.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith told reporters that Ghai's words were an incitement for the people to revolt, adding that Ghai isn't fit to be U.N. envoy.

Ministry of the Interior spokesman Lieutenant General Khieu Sopheak said that Ghai wanted to make people oppose the government.

Source: Xinhua

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