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Cambodia Criticizes Amnesty International Report

June 6, 1987 GMT

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ The Cambodian government on Saturday called Amnesty International’s charges of torture in Cambodia ″groundless″ and insisted all rights were restored following the downfall of the Khmer Rouge.

The London-based human rights organization said last Wednesday that thousands of Cambodian political prisoners were being tortured by both Cambodians and Vietnamese government representitives.

Vietnam installed the communist government now in Phnom Penh after ousting the communist, but China-tilted Khmer Rouge in 1978.

The Khmer Rouge is now fighting the Phnom Penh government.

The official Cambodian news agency SPK, monitored in Bangkok, rejected Amnesty’s claim.

″Amnesty International has ... ignored the fact that after the downfall of the the bloody-thirsty clique of (Khmer Rouge leader) Pol Pot, every Kampuchean (Cambodian) has enjoyed independence, freedom and democracy,″ it said.

Democratic Kampuchea is the formal name of Cambodia.