Phnom Penh City Hall issued a letter Monday banning a group of monks who have marched cross-country to mark International Human Rights Day from completing the final leg of their journey, in which they had hoped to hand petitions to lawmakers at the National Assembly on Tuesday. Five groups of marchers converged on Phnom Penh on Monday, the penultimate day of a 10-day walk along the country’s main arterial roads, bearing petitions with hundreds of cases of human rights abuses collected along the way. The group, which leaders say is likely to be 2,500-strong by the time it
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