Malaysia, Thailand criticized for preventing Cambodian politicians from returning home

The United States on Friday expressed concern over Cambodia’s crackdown on opposition to authoritarian leader Hun Sen, which has seen dozens of activists arrested and opposition leaders abroad prevented from returning.

Human rights group Amnesty International, meanwhile, decried co-operation by Malaysia and Thailand to prevent foreign-based Cambodian opposition figures getting home to rally support.

Self-exiled opposition party founder Sam Rainsy, who had vowed to return to Cambodia on Saturday to lead demonstrations against one-party rule, said he was prevented Thursday from checking in for a flight from Paris to Bangkok.

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