NGO Coalition Raises Alarm Over CNRP-linked Political Arrests

A coalition of around 21 non-governmental organizations expressed serious concern over the political persecution and violence against former officials and supporters of the disbanded Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

CHRAC, which is an umbrella organization of 21 Cambodian NGOs, released a statement on Thursday calling the arrests and violence “severe and continuous.” The arrests and interrogations are linked to opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s purported plan to return Cambodia on November 9, ending more than four years in exile.

“CHRAC is very worried about these cases of violence, which occurred as political tensions [are high] in Cambodia,” read the statement. “CHRAC is also deeply concerned about people’s right to freedom of expression and assembly in Cambodia.”

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