European Parliament Turns up the Heat on Cambodia’s Hun Sen

The strongly-worded resolution is unlikely to induce any change of heart on the part of Cambodia’s corrupt and self-focused elites.

The European Parliament has adopted a strongly worded resolution calling for “overdue” sanctions against Cambodian leaders responsible for an unrelenting political crackdown, claiming that after one-horse elections in 2018, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) “should not be considered the legitimate ruling party.”

The resolution (full text here), which was adopted on March 11, accurately details the various human rights outrages committed by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government over the past five years: the abolition of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in 2017; the conviction of its exiled leading figures on confected charges of treason and incitement; the ongoing “staged” mass trials against members and supporters of the banned CNRP; and its intensifying clampdown on independent media outlets and civil society groups.

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