Cambodia urged to drop lawsuit against rights activist

Defamation charge against Soeng Senkaruna highlights deteriorating civic space in Cambodia, rights groups say.

Two international rights groups have called on the Cambodian government to dismiss what they say is a politically motivated defamation lawsuit against leading human rights defender Soeng Senkaruna.

Senkaruna faces the lawsuit at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS said in a statement on Feb. 19.

The complaint against the deputy head of the Human Rights and Land Rights Section and Senior Human Rights Investigator of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) was brought by Hun Sen, the former Cambodian prime minister and leader of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

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