HRW Calls for Cambodia to Release Opposition Leader From House Arrest

Cambodia drew fresh criticism this week from both a major human rights organization and the leaders of several trade organizations over Prime Minister Hun Sen’s refusal to release opposition leader Kem Sohka from house arrest, and other rights abuses.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement on Thursday calling for Kem Sohka’s immediate release, saying the criminal case against the president of the now outlawed Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) was politically motivated and violates statutes that limit detention of felony suspects to 18 months.

“For a year and a half, Cambodian authorities have imprisoned Kem Sokha, first in a remote jail and now in his own home; denied him visits from colleagues, diplomats, and journalists; and conducted a baseless investigation with no end in sight,” said Brad Adams, HRW’s Asia director. “The government should immediately end Sokha’s arbitrary detention and release him.”

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