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Cambodia must stop violent crackdown on protests

In this open letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, signed by 47 Asian NGOs from across Asia, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia), register our strongest protest against the Cambodian government's recent series of violent suppression of public assemblies.

These include the January 3 protest that resulted in the fatal shooting of at least four individuals and scores severely wounded, the ongoing judicial harassment of opposition leaders and human-rights defenders, and the continued detention of at least 23 individuals whose whereabouts remain unknown.

We call on your government to ensure that all law enforcement personnel act in accordance with international human-rights norms and standards when regulating public assemblies, including the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials. The government must ensure immediate independent and transparent investigations and take swift action to hold those responsible accountable.

Evelyn Balais-Serrano

Executive director, Forum-Asia

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