Monitoring Group Finds Freedom in Cambodia on the Wane

Cambodia’s score has dropped 4 points to 26 out of 100.

Washington, D.C – Cambodia’s freedom is on the decline as the ruling party strengthens its grip on power and builds a dynasty for Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to Freedom House.

The Washington-based watchdog released its “Freedom in the World 2019” report on Tuesday and placed Cambodia as one of the 10 countries in the spotlight, along with China, Iraq, and Sri Lanka, where freedom has “declined and deserved special scrutiny.”

“Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, fortified his near-total grip on power in lopsided general elections that came after authorities dissolved the main opposition party and shuttered independent media outlets,” the report reads.

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