Cambodia govt renews attacks on opposition ahead of poll

Jailed activist Theary Seng, who edits Khmer edition of the Bible, has resumed her hunger strike.

Human rights groups have accused the Cambodian government of stepping up a campaign of harassment and intimidation against opposition politicians ahead of the July 23 national election which is expected to be won easily by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, urged authorities to stop targeting the opposition, immediately drop all baseless charges, and release all those wrongfully detained.

“The upcoming election bears little resemblance to an actual democratic process since the National Election Committee determined in May that the main opposition party, the Candlelight Party (CLP), cannot take part in the elections on concocted administrative grounds,” he said.

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