Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest.

The IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians said in a statement that it had met with former CNRP president Sam Rainsy and the official delegation from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) during its Oct. 14-18 session in Geneva, Switzerland, to examine the cases of 57 Cambodian lawmakers after the “unlawful dissolution” of the CNRP in November last year.

“The IPU reaffirmed its prior conclusions that the fundamental rights of all the opposition parliamentarians have been blatantly violated by the authorities, including the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly,” the statement said.

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