For Free and Fair Elections, Cambodia Must Let Opposition Leaders Return

Leaders of the CNRP – including the author – must be allowed to return to Cambodia before the next elections.

Cambodia faces new local and national elections in June 2022 and July 2023 as a single-party state.

These elections will be an empty gesture, as in the national elections of 2018, unless leaders of the only real opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), are allowed to return to the country.

I challenge Prime Minister Hun Sen to lift his official ban on airlines transporting me to Cambodia, and withdraw his request to Thailand to prevent my entry there. If he is willing to allow me to enter Cambodia and to let opposition supporters greet me as they did when I ended my previous exile on July 19, 2013, then I am willing to come and be arrested, and face jail.

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