CNRP Chief Kem Sokha Breaks Silence in Message to Supporters Marking Birthday in Captivity

In a rare public message while under house arrest, opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha on Thursday thanked supporters for wishing him well on his 67th birthday and vowed to continue working to serve their interests, despite facing charges widely seen as politically motivated.

Authorities arrested Kem Sokha in September 2017 on charges of “treason” and Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP and banned 118 of its elected officials from politics two months later for its alleged role in a plot to overthrow the government.

The moves were part of a wider crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen on the political opposition, NGOs, and the independent media that paved the way for his 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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