Cambodian leader accused of running ‘fake’ NGO

Witness claims US-based International Republican Institute gave $ 800,000 to human rights group run by Kem Sokha.

A court has been told that the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) – when run by former opposition leader Kem Sokha – received $800,000 from the US-based International Republican Institute (IRI).

Former CCHR employee Chhim Phal Vorun also told Phnom Penh Municipal Court that Kem Sokha was “a fake human rights activist hungry for power and a foreign agent who was running a fake NGO,” as reported by the pro-government Khmer Times.

“The CCHR led by Mr. Kem Sokha is not a ‘real’ non-government organization that respects human rights,” he said about the organization established in 2002.

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