Cambodian Former Political Prisoner Files Complaint with UN Over Government Surveillance

A recently released political prisoner in Cambodia has submitted a complaint to the United Nations, saying that even though he has completed his 18-month sentence, government agents are closely watching him, he told RFA.

Kong Mas, a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was sentenced in Oct. 2019 for for “insulting the government” and “incitement to commit a crime” based on Facebook comments critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. He had predicted—correctly—that Cambodia would be the target of European Union trade sanctions for rollbacks on democracy and human rights.

Kong Mas, who completed his sentence last month, told RFA’s Khmer Service that authorities in southeastern Svay Rieng province are continuing to monitor his activities and even told his parents not to allow him to stay in their house.

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