A UN expert on the rights situation in Cambodia decried Thursday that laws were being used to rein in dissent and were creating a “climate of fear” in the country.
UN Special Rapporteur for Cambodia Rhona Smith voiced alarm over a significant deterioration in the country’s political situation over the past year and urged the government to change course.
In the run-up to controversial July elections, premier Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party backed a crackdown on perceived threats, including the shuttering of media outlets and jailing of political opponents and journalists.
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