Political Control, Human Rights & the U.N. Mission in Cambodia

The United Nations has embarked on its most ambitious project ever in terms of both expense and scope in Cambodia, and the exercise will undoubtedly exert great influence on how the U.N. is used in the settlement of other conflicts around the world. The centerpiece of the Cambodian peace settlement, “free and fair elections,” is based on the success of a series of steps designed to ensure an atmosphere of political neutrality that will allow Cambodians to choose their own government. This report identifies some of the underlying conditions and institutions each party exploits to perpetuate control, and how foreign interests affect that control.

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