The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rona Smith, said that the opening of the 15 January January trial of Kem Sokha led to her defamation. Further, give him freedom and political rights to Kem Sokha.

She said in a statement in English on January 17 that she had joined two other independent experts in calling on Cambodian authorities to ensure justice for Kem Sokha, who was convicted of crimes against humanity. His treason began in Phnom Penh this week.

“We appeal again to immediately remove the restrictive bail conditions that restrain Mr. Sokha's political rights and secure his right to recover compensation and other damages,” she said. ៕