Special Rapporteur congratulates Cambodians on elections, appeals for calm and reconciliation

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Surya P. Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia. [UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré]

A United Nations independent expert on Wednesday appealed for calm and reconciliation in Cambodia, following the country's presidential elections on 28 July.

While there were reports that Cambodia's opposition party rejected the results, Surya P. Subedi, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, congratulated Cambodians "on exercising their right to vote in a largely peaceful manner."

Regarding the allegations of irregularities, Mr. Subedi called on the appropriate bodies to promptly and impartially investigate them, and urged the Cambodian National Election Committee to thoroughly account for every unused ballot paper.

The Special Rapporteur also appealed to Cambodians and all political actors, "not to succumb to racial hatred, whether in person or through other means such as social media, and to contribute towards building a tolerant, cohesive and liberal democratic society."

Mr. Subedi called for calm and political reconciliation in the greater interests of the nation.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

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