Rights Group Urges Foreign Governments, Donors to Press Cambodia on Political Prisoners

Cambodia must end the arrest and detention of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members and activists for “exercising their basic rights,” according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which urged foreign governments and donors to press for the release of those “wrongfully detained.”

The CNRP announced in August that acting president Sam Rainsy and other senior leaders would return to Cambodia from self-imposed exile on Nov. 9 to lead a “restoration of democracy” in the country, urging supporters and members of the armed forces to join them on their return, but Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to arrest the opposition leaders as soon as they set foot inside the country.

Cambodia’s courts have labeled the return part of a “coup” and in recent weeks police have arrested dozens of supporters and activists of the CNRP, which was banned by the Supreme Court in November 2017 for its role in an alleged plot to topple the government.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/press-10212019160021.html

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