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UN wants inquiry into strikers' deaths in Cambodia

Published on Jan 8, 2014 4:24 PM
 
Cambodian military police arrest protesters during a garment workers protest to demand higher wages in front of a factory in Phnom Penh on Jan 3, 2014. The UN human rights agency urged Cambodia to launch an investigation into the"disproportionate" use of force by security forces last week against garment factory workers striking over pay. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - The UN human rights agency urged Cambodia to launch an investigation into the "disproportionate" use of force by security forces last week against garment factory workers striking over pay.

Military police opened fire on workers protesting outside a factory in Phnom Penh on Jan 3 and a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said five people were killed, with 20 wounded by gunfire and beatings.

"We are following the situation in Cambodia with serious concern and are deeply alarmed by the disproportionate use of force by law enforcement officials in responding to demonstrations," the spokesman, Rupert Colville, said in a statement dated Jan 7.

"We urge the Cambodian authorities to launch a prompt and thorough investigation and to ensure full accountability of members of security forces found to have used disproportionate and excessive force," Colville added.

 
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