Are Cambodian political prisoners being released to placate the West?

Last week, Cambodia’s main opposition leader, Kem Sokha, was released from prison after serving nearly a year on treason charges. Sokha is head of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), which was dissolved last year. He was jailed in September 2017 and was considered the country’s most prominent political prisoner.

Sokha is one of 20 political prisoners to have been released from jail since controversial elections in July extended the rule of Hun Sen, Cambodia’s strongman prime minister. Hun Sen has led Cambodia since 1985, and in recent years he has purged the country of political opposition.

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