Could Cambodia’s New Prime Minister Release Theary Seng?

With a new administration in office, the family of the imprisoned Khmer-American lawyer hope for her freedom.

Theary Seng, a Khmer-American lawyer currently serving a six-year prison term for treason, has been transferred from a remote prison in northern Cambodia to Prey Sar prison in the capital Phnom Penh, with her family hopeful for an early release after the United States reinstated a financial aid package

Theary is one of more than 60 political prisoners being held in Cambodia and her release can only improve ties with the West, which were battered by former Prime Minister Hun Sen and his years-long crackdown on opposition politicians and their supporters.

That crackdown resulted in his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) winning two elections, which were discredited by human rights groups, and Hun Sen vowed he would never grant Theary Seng – among others – an amnesty or early release.

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