Cambodia: Recent human rights developments

Index Number: ASA 23/007/1990

Although Amnesty International has been pleased to note that the Cambodian Government has demonstrated an increased committment to protection of human rights, it is still concerned at a number of abuses which appear to be continuing. A government source has revealed that local authorities were still arresting and detaining political prisoners arbitrarily, without reference to procedures or safeguards in existing law. AI is concerned that these abuses and also ill-treatment of political prisoners may persist: this report contains accounts from three former detainees who allege ill- treatment by security forces in Sisophon. AI is concerned about six government officials apparently still detained without trial and that some 775 others may also be held without charge.

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