Cambodia passes strict COVID-19 prevention Bill

Cambodians face up to 20 years in jail for flouting coronavirus rules after the country’s parliament on Friday (Mar 5) passed a strict COVID-19 prevention Bill that rights groups have blasted as a tool to curb dissent.

The law specifies a prison term of three years for breaking quarantine orders and up to 20 years in jail for any organised group intentionally spreading the virus.

Health minister Mam Bunheng called it “a strong legal base for the government … to protect lives and public health” after the Bill won unanimous support in the legislature.

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