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Anniversary of the Signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2018

Today is International Human Rights Day and 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On this day, my thoughts are with the Cambodian Community in my electorate and their continued struggle for their democratic rights.

Hun Sen's regime has a long history of human rights abuses during his 33 year rule of Cambodia. This includes power through violence, politically motivated prosecutions, repressive laws, crackdown on independent media and corruption. For too long, the leaders in Cambodia have been getting away with murder, literally in some instances. It's not good enough for us to keep standing in our parliament and saying we're not happy with this situation. I believe the time has come to take action.

We cannot pretend we have no responsibilities.

It's time to make it clear that Cambodians are not to be treated like this. Australia must stand up to Hun Sen

The straw was broken when we heard the leader of Cambodia, Hun Sen, effectively threaten violence on Australians, who are of Cambodian descent, who were protesting peacefully, here in Australia, when he visited.

We can't continue like this. It's time for us to reshape this relationship and make it clear that Cambodians are not to be treated like this.