Cambodian Opposition Figure to Meet US Lawmakers and Join Democracy Rally in Washington

A senior Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) member, released from prison last year, will join pro-democracy demonstrations in Washington this weekend and discuss his detainment at the hands of the Cambodian government with U.S. lawmakers, he told RFA’s Khmer Service on Friday.

The former political prisoner, Meach Sovannara, who holds dual Cambodian and U.S. citizenship, will meet with congressmen Ted Yoho (R-MN), Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) to discuss his experience of being a political prisoner on two occasions, detained for a cumulative period of about four years.

In his most recent detention, Sovannara along with 11 others had been incarcerated since 2014 for their alleged role in a July 15, 2014 demonstration held by the CNRP against government manipulation of the general election a year earlier.

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