UN expert deplores violent crackdown on protectors in CambodiaListen /
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, has appealed for calm after military police on Friday opened fire on striking garment workers, reportedly killing at least four people.
Mr. Subedi deplored the loss of life and called on the authorities to exercise restraint towards the protestors.
He called for swift and independent investigations into whether excessive force was used on protesters.
The Special Rapporteur also expressed concern that some demonstrators were increasingly resorting to violence and appealed for maximum restraint among the protesters.
Mr. Subedi called for meaningful negotiations over the demands by garment workers, who began protesting several weeks ago demanding an increase in the minimum wage.
Patrick Maigua, United Nations Radio, Geneva.