Justice Eludes 12 Cambodian Opposition Members Months After Assaults

A dozen members of Cambodia’s banned opposition party are still awaiting justice months after they were attacked by unknown assailants following party chief Sam Rainsy’s announcement of plans to return home from exile, they said Tuesday.

In August, Sam Rainsy, the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said he would return home on Nov. 9 to lead a restoration of democracy in the country through peaceful protests, but was blocked from doing so and forced to return to Paris, where he has lived since 2015 to avoid a string of charges and convictions he says are politically motivated.

Following the announcement, 12 CNRP activists and supporters were targeted in attacks over the span of a few weeks in what opposition officials said was a campaign orchestrated by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to sow fear within the community. Police have yet to arrest any suspects in the cases.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/justice-12032019163922.html

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