Cambodia Must End ‘Arbitrary Arrests, Prosecution’ of Opposition Members: Amnesty International

Cambodia must end its campaign of “arbitrarily arresting and prosecuting” former members of the country’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and release all prisoners held for peacefully exercising their rights, London-based rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday.

In August, the CNRP announced that acting president Sam Rainsy will return to Cambodia from self-imposed exile along with other party leaders on Nov. 9 to lead a “restoration of democracy” in the country through nonviolent demonstrations, calling on supporters and members of the military to join him.

Authorities have labeled the plan part of a coup attempt and launched a crackdown on former party members and activists since then, jailing at least 41 and subjecting 88 others to politically motivated charges including “plotting against the state,” while threatening prosecution against anyone expressing support for the return of Sam Rainsy and other top opposition officials.

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