Secretary of State and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice considers the recently launched U.S. Embassy led campaign on voices for democracy and human rights in Cambodia as inappropriately timed, though acknowledging its face value.
The Secretary of State, H.E. Chin Malin, made the personal note on his Facebook feed, justifying that such campaign should not be staged when the Royal Government of Cambodia is worryingly battling against COVID-19 community transmission to ensure the safety of the people.
“The U.S. Embassy and other participating agencies in the campaign should join hands with the government to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community to obtain support and welcome from Cambodians,” wrote H.E. Chin Malin.
He continued that if the right to survival which is a fundamental human right cannot be ensured and protected, the other rights cannot become priorities and valued.
The U.S. Embassy along with some human right agencies has launched a campaign on the voices for democracy “to cheer the long-standing diplomatic relationship with Cambodia”.
The campaign takes place as the Royal Government of Cambodia is working around the clock to respond and contain the country’s first community outbreak of COVID-19 since Nov. 28, and over 7,000 samples of those directly and indirectly involved in the incident have been tested for the coronavirus and 17 of them were positive as of this morning.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press