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Deteriorating political situation in Cambodia

Norway aligned itself with a EU declaration on the deteriorating political situation in Cambodia, published in Brussels on 13 January 2006.

17/01/2006 :: The EU expresses its concern over the continuing use of defamation law suits by the Royal Government of Cambodia against members of the opposition, media, trade unions and NGOs resulting in their arrests. This disturbing trend culminating in the arrest of the Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights on 31 December 2005, and other Human Rights defenders has the cumulative effect of a targeted intimidation campaign against NGOs and human rights defenders in Cambodia,

The EU appeals to the Cambodian government to refrain from law suits resulting in the criminal prosecution for accusations regarded as defamatory. In this context, the EU welcomes the decision to release Mr Yeng Virak from prison on 11 January and expresses the hope that all others arrested following the events at the Human Rights Day ceremony on 10 December 2005 will also be released.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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