Cambodia’s Hun Sen Urged to Drop Charges on All Political Prisoners

A leading international human rights group on Wednesday called on Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to release all political prisoners and drop all charges against them, arguing that recent releases and pardons were merely “attempts to regain international legitimacy after sham elections.”

The New York-based Human Rights Watch issued the appeal as it launched “Political Prisoners Cambodia,” a new webpage that profiles 30 prisoners jailed in the country Hun Sen has ruled for 33 years. He added five years to his tenure in July elections in which his party won every seat after he banned the opposition.

“The Cambodian government should immediately and unconditionally release all those detained for peacefully exercising their fundamental rights,” Human Rights Watch said in a statement launching the political prisoner webpage.

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