US envoy in Cambodia to discuss human rights, politics

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Posted: Jul 18, 2016 9:32 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian official says talks with a visiting U.S. envoy focused on Cambodia's political situation and human rights.

Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Tom Malinowski arrived in Cambodia just over a week after the killing of prominent political commentator Kem Ley, who was often sharply critical of the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Police say his killer confessed to committing the murder because of a grudge about an unpaid debt, but the shooting is widely believed to have been a political act.

Malinowski met Monday with Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Uch Borith, who spoke to reporters later.