Cambodia slams EU Parliament censure, call for sanctions

EU resolution demands freedom for Cambodia’s political prisoners while urging free and fair elections.

Cambodia has lashed out at the European Union (EU) claiming its sovereign rights had been violated by a resolution demanding all political prisoners be freed and that the shuttered independent news outlet, Voice of Democracy (VOD), be reinstated ahead of July elections.

The European Parliament adopted three resolutions on the respect for human rights in Iran, Tunisia and Cambodia on March 16, which passed with 496 votes in favor, 11 against and 36 abstentions.

“Parliament calls on the authorities in Cambodia to immediately and unconditionally release the opposition leader Kem Sokha as well as all opposition activists convicted or held in custody on politically motivated charges,” it said.

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