Environment Ministry Dismisses Human Right Watch’s Report

The Ministry of Environment has dismissed a report on social economic and human rights impacts released by the Human Right Watch, stressing that it is baseless and damaging to the human rights and economy in Cambodia.
The remark was made today by H.E. Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment in response to the HRW’s report issued on Tuesday related to the impacts of the Lower Se San Dam II.
The report was fabricated with political intention, misleading the public about the development in Cambodia, rather than revealing real condition of human rights in the country, he said.
H.E. Neth Pheaktra emphasised that the Royal Government of Cambodia has assessed all construction projects carefully to minimise their impacts.
The description in the Human Rights Watch’s report related to the Lower Se San Dam II ermerged as a dissemination of misinformation to hinder the development of Cambodia, and serves a hidden political agenda, he continued.
The 400MW Lower Se San Dam II is positively benefitting Cambodia’s economy and people, through electricity supply expansion, and has been designed in a way that will produce clean energy in a long run.
The construction of the dam is the creation of batteries and energy security for the country, he explained.
The secretary of state called on the human right group to accept the reality by appreciating the endeavour of the Royal Government in developing Cambodia with a clear and well studied strategy.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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