The Secretary-General spoke by telephone on Tuesday evening with H.E. Mr. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The Secretary-General expressed his concerns about reports of widespread intimidation, harassment and arrests of civil society actors, the media, staff and members of the National Election Commission, and members of the opposition.

The Secretary-General conveyed his hope that the Government of Cambodia would ensure full respect for human rights, including the freedoms of expression, association, and assembly. He called for the resumption of the culture of dialogue between the Cambodia People’s Party and the Cambodia National Rescue Party.