Cambodia Dismayed by Designation of Cambodian Nationals under Global Magnitsky Act

AKP Phnom Penh, December 10, 2019 —

The Spokesperson of Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation has issued a statement, expressing Cambodia’s consternation over the designation of Cambodian nationals under Global Magnitsky Act.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its strong dismay over the arbitrary designation of Cambodian nationals working in both public and private sectors under Global Magnitsky Act,” said the statement dated Dec. 10.

It is very disturbing when public figures of a country have become subjects of punitive measures of another country based on groundless accounts and accusations in total disregard of the legal and judicial independence of the country, it continued, stressing that this is a serious violation of the international principles of sovereign equality and non-interference in the domestic affairs of other states as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations as well as other international laws.

“The Executive Order is an ambush against the ongoing efforts to restore trust and confidence between Cambodia and the United States as reflected in the recent two-way communications between Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia and Honourable Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, which underlined clearly the U.S.’ respect to Cambodia’s sovereignty and strong intention to enhance bilateral relations based on mutual respect,” it added.

H.E. Kun Kim is well known for his great contribution to the protection and the maintenance of peace, stability and social order while Okhna Try Phcap has played an active role in supporting Cambodia’s socio-economic development, said the statement.

Global Magnitsky Act is a bill authorising the U.S. government to sanction those who it sees as human rights offenders anywhere in the world, freeze their assets, and ban them from entering the U.S.

By C. Nika