UN in Cambodia: A diplomatic success for Professor Subedi
UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi celebrates success as Leader of the Oppostion, Mr Sam Rainsy receives a royal pardon from exile to contest the impending elections.
Professor Subedi, along with leading democracies and international human rights organisation have been calling for and putting pressure on the Government to enable the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Sam Rainsy, to return to the country from exile in Paris so that he can participate in the national elections due to take place at the end of July 2013.
Mr Rainsy was convicted on politically motivated charges in his absence and was thus forced into exile in France. Finally, quiet diplomacy seems to have paid off as Professor Subedi has been informed that the King of Cambodia has granted Mr Rainsy a royal pardon, paving the way for the his return to the country to contest the elections. Professor Surya Subedi comments
"I am really pleased with such a positive outcome of my work in the country."
As the UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia Professor Surya P. Subedi has been working towards strengthening democracy and promoting and protecting human rights in the country since 2009. In doing so, he has produced four substantive and substantial reports on judicial, parliamentary and electoral reform in the country.
Find out more about Professor Surya Subedi's work on his profile page.