Cambodia makes its own way in Kem Sokha case

The sentencing of an opposition figure for treason sends a message that foreign interference will be rejected.

Cambodia made two important choices on its national trajectory considering the recent sentencing of Kem Sokha to 27 years of house arrest on charges of treason and conspiracy with a foreign power.

First, it made clear that Cambodia chose peaceful democratization in its consistent endeavor to build a multiparty liberal democracy as enshrined in its constitution.

Some may observe the sentence as the end of democracy. But looking at Cambodia’s history of nation-building, the event was just a point of time in which Cambodia confirmed its self-determination on what kind of democracy it intends to build.

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