GCRL Honorary Member Sam Rainsy spoke at France 24 about the crackdown in Cambodia. On September 3rd, the president of Cambodia’s main opposition party, Kem Sokha MP, was arrested in his home in Phnom Penh for “treason”. On week later, on September 11th, the National Assembly, dominated by the ruling party, voted to scrap Kem Sokha of his parliamentary immunity. He now faces up to 30 years in jail.
In addition, on 4th September The Cambodia Daily, an independent national anglophone newspaper was shut down. Sam Rainsy, Cambodia’s opposition leader in exile and member of the Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational Transparty says a “constitutional coup” has occurred in his country and says the “façade of democracy has crumbled”.
Watch Sam Rainsy’s interview on the website of France 24