Opposition Leader’s Trial Blocked to Public

Permit Media, Rights Monitors at Kem Sokha Hearings

The Cambodian opposition leader, Kem Sokha, is being denied his right to a public hearing in the fabricated criminal case against him, Human Rights Watch said today. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has denied journalists and human rights monitors access to the trial, which began January 15, 2020.

Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups have long called for dropping the politically motivated charges against Kem Sokha. On January 17, three United Nations special rapporteurs called Sokha’s trial “tainted.”

“The bogus prosecution of Kem Sokha is made even worse by unjustifiably keeping the media and rights monitors out of the courtroom,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “Cambodian authorities should drop the charges against Sokha instead of trying to keep his shabby and unlawful treatment out of public view.”

In full: https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/01/22/cambodia-opposition-leaders-trial-blocked-public

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