Geneva (FN), Oct. 1 – The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the United Nations at Geneva notes with great disappointment the recent posting on social media by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Phnom Penh as to unbalanced and selective quotes taken out of context from the entire report of the UN Secretary General (UNSG) on intimidation and reprisal against those cooperating with the UN and its human rights mechanism, according to the press statement dated 30 September 2020.

"The UNSG's text extensively relies upon one-sided and unverified narrative of the Country Special Rapporteur. Cambodian government always takes any claim brought before it with due diligence, evidenced through its timely clarifications to UN Secretary General, which were integrated into Annex I (paragraph 19, page 23) of the said report. In this regard, the Office's sincerity and motivation should be questioned when its online quotes were taken out of context, discarding the government's responses herein. This act will undermine credibility, integrity and independence of this UN entity.”

Full press statement is available below.