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Assistant Secretary Posner Makes Human Rights Visits to Cambodia and Burma

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 19, 2013


In Cambodia, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, Michael Posner met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, civil society activists, opposition leaders, and the representative for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on February 19. His discussions focused on promoting electoral reform, resolving land rights disputes, and harassment and detainment of activists while stressing the United States commitment to the Cambodian people’s right to a government that reflects their goals and desires.

On February 20 Assistant Secretary Posner will continue to Rangoon, Burma for a three-day visit where he will discuss human rights reforms with government officials, religious leaders, and civil society activists. Specific topics will include the government’s announcement of a political prisoner process, religious freedom of ethnic minority communities, and the human rights situation in current and former conflict areas.

For more on the U.S. Government’s engagement on Human Rights, visit For updates, follow Assistant Secretary Posner on Facebook and Twitter @State_DRL. For further information, please contact Evan Owen at or (202) 647-4747.

PRN: 2013/0182


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