Opposition Activists Increasingly Flee Cambodia For Thailand Amid Government Pressure

An increasing number of activists from Cambodia’s opposition party are fleeing to Thailand to pursue their goals amid growing pressure from local authorities, they said Friday, despite what appears to be a relative easing of restrictions on the country’s political space.

Cambodian authorities arrested Kem Sokha, the former president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), in September 2017 and charged him with treason for attempting to overthrow the government, leading the Supreme Court to dissolve his party two months later for its role in the alleged plot.

The moves were part of a wider crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen on the political opposition, NGOs, and the independent media that paved the way for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to win all 125 seats in parliament in the country’s July 2018 general election.

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