Human Rights Watch Calls for Charges Against Opposition Officials to Be Dropped

Dozens of opposition supporters gathered outside the court on Wednesday during proceedings and without incident.

Phnom Penh – Human Rights Watch has called on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to drop cases against more than 20 officials of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who are being investigated for allegedly violating a Supreme Court ruling that banned party members from politics for five years.

The CNRP, which was the largest opposition party in Cambodia, was dissolved by the Supreme Court on November 16, 2017 over claims that the party, with the backing of the United States, sought to topple the government. The United States denied the allegations.

In a statement on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch’s Brad Adams said: “The Cambodian government continues to harass numerous opposition officials in the courts and to threaten them with prison time long after the main opposition party was unjustifiably disbanded.”

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