24 Feb '11, 1pm

Criticism is not a crime, UN tells Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: The UN special rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia on Thursday voiced disquiet about a crackdown on freedom of expression in the country and the growing problem of land rights violations. "I am concerned about the narrowing of space for the people to express their views peacefully and without fear, including those belongings to different political parties," Surya Subedi said at the end of his fourth 10-day fact-finding mission to the country. The Cambodian government has come under fire from rights groups in recent years for launching a number of defamation and disinformation lawsuits against critics and opposition members. A controversial new penal code launched in December introduced a string of laws that could see a person jailed or fined for expressing dissenting views. "Peaceful expression of opinion should not be dealt with under the penal code," Sury...

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