Observers Say Cambodia Falling Short Of Paris Peace Agreement Commitments

The government has also embarked on a political crackdown that has shuttered independent media organizations, outlawed the opposition and its members, and targeted civil society organizations.

Analysts and political experts have expressed concern over Cambodia’s democratic backslide that has resulted in the country falling short of commitments made in the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements.

The historic document that brought four warring factions to a peaceful resolution, including the now-ruling Cambodian People’s Party, contains within it requirements to observe and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, specifically Article 15.

As Cambodians mark the 28th anniversary of the signing of the accords on October 23, observers said these principles have been left to the wayside by the current government.

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