The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development
20 FEBRUARY 2014
The Labor Opposition calls on the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, to register Australia’s concern about the civil unrest in Cambodia, including following its disputed 2013 general election.
It is understood the Foreign Minister begins a visit to Cambodia later today.
Reports say five people were killed by Cambodian security forces earlier this year while demonstrating in Phnom Penh. And more than 20 people were detained for participating in protests to secure better wages for garment workers.
Violence against peaceful protestors cannot be tolerated.
Ms Bishop must ask Cambodian authorities to release those detained for their social and political activism.