Cambodian Authorities Question Six Activists For Supporting Banned Opposition Party

Authorities in Cambodia’s Battambang province Thursday questioned six activists connected with the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), alleging they violated a 2017 Supreme Court order that dissolved the opposition party.

The six are part of a group of 35 CNRP activists summoned recently by the Battambang Provincial Court, including five that were questioned last week.

The CNRP director for Battambang province, Chea Chiv, told RFA’s Khmer Service in an interview that the prosecutor questioned him and the other five activists for about an hour, because they were seen in public eating together and because they had in social media posts expressed support for party leaders Sam Rainsy, who lives in self-imposed exile in France, and Kem Sokha, who is under de-facto house arrest.

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