Cambodia accused of crippling rights under Covid-19 cover

Emergency law would allow the state to use the army in enforcing the law.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been accused of using the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to introduce a new law that empowers him to restrict civil and political rights in the country.

Cambodia’s Council of Ministers on March 31 passed the “Law on Governing the Country in a State of Emergency” bill, purportedly to help the government take stern measures to check the spread of the coronavirus.

Human Rights Watch says the bill would allow the government to “restrict all civil and political liberties and target human rights, democracy and media groups.”

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