High Commissioner's/Secretary General's country reports or oral briefings (Cambodia)
Statement by Ambassador Mitsuko SHINO
The Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
Thank you, Mr. President.
As a penholder of the resolution on the human rights situation in Cambodia, Japan has been paying close attention to the situation surrounding democracy and human rights in the country.
It is extremely important that the upcoming July general election be carried out in a manner that reflects the will of Cambodia’s citizens. Japan has been working closely with the Government of Cambodia to ensure that dialogue is taking place among all political stakeholders in the country, and that their rights, as well as those of civil society actors, are respected accordingly. In this way we aim to contribute to creating an environment where all stakeholders can exercise their rights and work without fear. Japan, once again, encourages Cambodia to do its utmost towards creating such an environment.
We pride ourselves on the support that we have been continuously providing to Cambodia as a contribution to the country’s nation building since the end of its tragic civil war. Japan sincerely hopes that our support and assistance will play an important role in stabilizing the democratic environment in Cambodia.
Since 1993, Cambodia and the international community have been working to improve the human rights situation in the country through technical cooperation. Japan strongly expects that Cambodia will continue to address the improvement of its human rights situation in cooperation with the Special Rapporteur, Professor Rohna Smith, the OHCHR Cambodia office, and the international community as whole. Japan stands ready to support Cambodia’s efforts.
I thank you, Mr. President.