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EU must hold firm on plan to help restore democracy in Cambodia

EU must hold firm on plan to help restore democracy in Cambodia

The following statement is issued while a delegation from the European Union is visiting Cambodia this week, for the second time this year as part of the process of withdrawing duty-free access to EU markets under the EBA agreement. On behalf of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), I would like to express to the European Union – meaning the

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APHR: Stop Political Harassment of Cambodian Opposition

APHR: Stop Political Harassment of Cambodian Opposition

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights urge the Cambodian government to stop targeting and attacking members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and immediately investigate the death in detention of a former CNRP official. Since Sam Rainsy, the acting leader of the CNRP, announced his plans to return from exile to Cambodia in 2019, the government has intensified a

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The Rising Cost of Strongman Rule in Cambodia

The Rising Cost of Strongman Rule in Cambodia

Despite boasting unrivaled tourist attractions, large stores of natural resources that could be profitably and responsibly exploited, and one of the world’s youngest labor forces the country’s economy is floundering. And, after 34 years of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s dictatorial rule, Cambodians could soon be facing a higher price. On April 4, a group of international buyers’ associations from the

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Protecting Kem Sokha and Democracy in Cambodia

Protecting Kem Sokha and Democracy in Cambodia

Under the leadership of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the only opposition party in parliament, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arbitrarily dissolved in 2017 and its leader, Kem Sokha, arrested. This set the scene for rigged elections in July 2018, with all of the seats in the National Assembly being won by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

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Sam Rainsy confirmed as Acting President of the CNRP

Sam Rainsy confirmed as Acting President of the CNRP

To avoid the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) being paralyzed at the leadership level after being arbitrarily dissolved by the Phnom Penh authorities, and with its President Kem Sokha being held under house arrest, the vast majority of the party’s officials and activists who can be contacted and accept to publicly express their will, have designated Sam Rainsy as Acting

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Cambodia’s repression intensifies

Cambodia’s repression intensifies

In the face of growing international pressure aiming to re-establish democracy in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has found no better response than to adopt new measures to neutralize the final elements of the opposition and to make restoring democracy even more difficult. This is a real insult to the international community, notably the European Union, which is threatening the

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