Leaked Cambodia memo shows Hun Sen tightening grip on dissent

Government document details increased surveillance of critics and opposition.

Phnom Penh – Cambodian authorities are planning to “strictly control” the activities of potential critics of the regime, as Prime Minister Hun Sen aims to further strengthen the power base of his Cambodian People’s Party, according to a leaked government document.

Meanwhile, leading members of civil society groups this week told the Nikkei Asian Review about widespread surveillance and intimidation tactics being used against people the authorities see as political critics.

The internal memo, written by Phnom Penh’s police chief Lt. Gen. Sar Thet, was leaked late last month and outlined plans for more than 500 officers to “safeguard” Kem Sokha, leader of the outlawed opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Read the full story: https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Hun-Sen-s-Cambodia/Leaked-Cambodia-memo-shows-Hun-Sen-tightening-grip-on-dissent

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