"Excessive" force used by Cambodian authoritiesListen /
The authorities in Cambodia have been accused of using excessive force following recent demonstrations against the government.
A number of demonstrators have been killed during protests against disputed elections that took place in July last year.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Cambodia, Surya Subedi, has met Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh to discuss the unrest.
He said excessive force was unnecessary.
"The Prime Minister explained to me that in order to maintain law and order, in order to prevent the possibility of harm to other civilian population and destruction to civilian property, they had to take this action. Nevertheless, I said the force used was unnecessary, excessive, and did not meet the test of international humanitarian or human rights law."
Mr Subedi called on the government to create an "environment conducive to going back to the negotiating table" and to finding a "political solution" to the unrest.
Special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on specific human rights themes.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.