Cambodia’s Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Marks Second Year of Detention With Rare Message to Supporters

Cambodia’s opposition chief Kem Sokha has vowed not to “treat my supporters as shields” and urged them to adhere to the principles of nonviolence in a message marking his second year in detention while awaiting trial on treason charges, widely seen as politically motivated.

Issuing a rare statement on his Facebook account from de facto house arrest on Monday, the president of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said he is willing to sacrifice everything for his country’s democracy, and urged his supporters to refrain from violent protests in his name.

“I know that as a democrat and an opposition leader, I will face untold amounts of danger and suffering, but I ask that my supporters adhere to the principles of nonviolence, despite my detention,” he wrote.

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