(Washington): Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) Tom Malinowski will visit Cambodia July 18-19 to underscore the importance of human rights in the U.S.-Cambodia relationship.

On July 18, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will meet with government officials, opposition party members, local civil society groups, and representatives from international agencies to discuss the importance of free and fair elections in Cambodia. He will also urge Cambodia to uphold international human rights standards and ensure the protection of civil society organizations. The Assistant Secretary will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum to learn more about the history of the former prison and interrogation center.

On July 19, Assistant Secretary Malinowski will participate in a town hall discussion with Cambodian youth on the topic of U.S. elections. The event will be held at the American Corner located at Pannasastra University-South Campus and the audience will feature members of the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council and the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), President Barack Obama’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking among youth in Southeast Asia.

For further information on Assistant Secretary Malinowski’s travel, please follow @Malinowski on Twitter or contact Kerri Spindler-Ranta at Spindler-RantaK@state.gov. For updates on the U.S. Government’s human rights work, visit www.humanrights.gov or the DRL Twitter account: @State_DRL.