Cambodian dissident weighs next fight against strongman Hun Sen after starting new life in US

Despite enduring brutal conditions in a Cambodian jail, activist Meach Sovannarae has not ruled out returning to his homeland to continue speaking out against the government.

From behind the walls of Prey Sar – a crowded lock-up in Phnom Penh – Sovannara wrote a critical article this year about Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for decades in what human rights activists often describe as a dictatorship masquerading as a democracy.

Sovannara said he wrote the article by hand and had it smuggled out of the prison. A few days later, the article questioning the outsize influence that the Chinese and Vietnamese governments seem to hold over Hun Sen was published on Facebook.

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