My dear Kacvey,

Following the publication of the Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia on 24 September 2015, here are for your info extracts of correspondences from the Circle dated 28 September 2015 to the Special Rapporteur and the response from her office dated 2 October 2015.


Dear Professor Rhona Smith, UN Special Rapporteur,

We read with deep interests your statement dated 24 September 2015 and wish to wish you great success in your next 5 1/2 years of undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights in Cambodia.
We also believe that your real experience in Cambodia prior to your appointment, unlike your predecessors, is the key to the attainment of what your predecessors were short of.
In Cambodia where Autocracy is cloaked as Democracy, or for example, where a powerful man can have another man arrested outside the limit of rules of laws, and where the same man justifies his view, decision and action as constitutional or lawful because he says so, this in any way will make your job easy but rather challenging and noble for the victims of those abuses.
Human rights without justice is justice in the jungle of men.
We, as a group of Khmer Overseas, would like to invite you and your staff, Khmer and international, to visit our blog where we express our independent view/opinion/comment on contemporary Cambodian events and issues. To paraphrase Descartes, we think, therefore we are.
With respect and regards,
“Khmer Politics Alternatives Circle”
Dear Sir/Madam,

In my capacity as the assistant to Professor Smith, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia and the Desk Officer for Cambodia at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, I wish to thank you for your email of 28 September. The Special Rapporteur has taken due note of the information contained therein and conveys her thanks for bringing it to her attention. Please be rest assured that the Special Rapporteur will continue to closely follow the human rights situation in
Thank you for your continued interest in the work of the Special Rapporteur and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
Best regards,
Let wish the Special Rapporteur well in her difficult job throughout her term and let also hope that Cambodia which is a member of the United Nations – and whose representative had very recently stood at the lectern of the General Assembly Hall delivering a speech in front of representatives of 193 countries/governments during the “70th Anniversary” of the Organization and the 2015 “Summit on Sustainable Development” – take her assignment seriously and responsibly for the sake of all Cambodians whose rights have been violated and still continue to be so.