Leeds Professor appointed UN Human Rights Envoy for Cambodia

The United Nations Human Rights Council has appointed a University of Leeds Professor as the UN envoy for human rights in Cambodia.

Surya Subedi will remain as Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds, but will travel regularly to Cambodia to monitor the human rights situation there and report his findings to the UN.

Professor Subedi said: "I am delighted and honoured by the trust and confidence placed in me by such a high level UN body in recognition of my work in the field of international and human rights law.

"It is a huge privilege and an opportunity to make my contribution as an independent expert to enhance the human rights situation in Cambodia. I very much look forward to working with the government and people there."

The Cambodian ambassador to the UN welcomed the appointment of Professor Subedi and expressed the willingness of his government to cooperate with him in discharging his responsibilities.