Jailed U.S.-Cambodian activist starts hunger strike ahead of elections

Theary Seng languishes in prison after Cambodia turns from West to China.

Supporters of a jailed U.S.-Cambodian activist on hunger strike in the Southeast Asian country have renewed a push for her release and called on Washington to press harder for her freedom.

Theary Seng, a Khmer Rouge survivor who is 12 months into a six-year prison sentence for “conspiracy to commit treason,” began refusing food on Monday ahead of elections on Sunday that will almost certainly extend Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 38-year rule.

Observers say Theary’s case highlights both Hun Sen’s intensifying clampdown on dissent and Washington’s dwindling influence as Cambodia deepens ties with Xi Jinping’s China.

In full: https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Hun-Sen-s-Cambodia/Jailed-U.S.-Cambodian-activist-starts-hunger-strike-ahead-of-elections

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