Two years on, Cambodia opposition leader held without trial

Phnom Penh – Lawyers for Cambodia’s detained opposition leader Kem Sokha called on Monday for treason charges against him to be dropped and for his release from house arrest, two years after he was first arrested ahead of national elections.

Critics have called Cambodia essentially a one-party state after longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party won all of the seats in parliament in July 2018, months after Sokha’s opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was dissolved by the Supreme Court.

Sokha was arrested in Sept. 2017 but has never been brought to trial. He was released from prison on bail last year but remains under house arrest in the capital, Phnom Penh.

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