Cambodia accused of political clampdown amid coronavirus outbreak

At least four people remain in detention while 12 were released after apologising to the government.

Cambodia has been accused of arresting and detaining individuals who expressed concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in a statement released on Tuesday, said at least 17 people have been arrested since January for sharing information about the deadly disease, which has killed more than 16,500 people worldwide. It urged the government to immediately stop its “clampdown”.

As of Tuesday, at least 87 people in Cambodia have been officially confirmed to have contracted the disease, named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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