In 1993-6 , Michael Kirby was appointed by UN Secretary General  Boutros Boutros Ghali, to be his Special Representative on Human Rights in Cambodia.

This office was provided for in the Paris Peace Agreement 1991. It aimed to repair and reshape Cambodia after the brutal Khmer Rouge period.

In his talk Michael Kirby recounts the difficulties that were presented to him and other UN officers , especially by Hun Sen, the autocratic Prime Minister who is still in office. The need for accountability and redress for ongoing human rights in Cambodia is emphasised 30 years on from the Paris Accord of 1991