Cambodian Opposition Activists Who Fled Persecution to Thailand Face Poverty, Deportation

The lives of Cambodia’s opposition activists who have fled to neighboring Thailand to escape persecution back home are growing increasingly desperate, according to one former party official, who said they cannot earn enough to provide for their families and face the constant threat of deportation.

Khin Roeun, the 38-year-old former chief of the youth wing of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh, relocated with his teenage daughter to Thailand in October 2018, a month before his wife, Leng Kolyan, joined him with their 10-year-old disabled son.

Their exodus to Thailand followed the arrest of CNRP President Kem Sokha in September 2017, the dissolution of the CNRP by Cambodia’s Supreme Court two months later, and a wider crackdown on the political opposition, NGOs, and the independent media that paved the way for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to win all 125 seats in parliament in the country’s July 2018 general election.

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