UN Human Rights Experts Decry ‘Irregularities’ in Cambodian Opposition Chief Kem Sokha’s Trial

Three United Nations human rights experts on Friday expressed concerns over the treason trial of Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha, saying the entire process has been “beset by irregularities” and calling for an end to the charges against him.

“We have strong grounds to believe that the treason charge against Mr. Sokha is politically motivated and forms part of a larger pattern of the misapplication of laws to target political opponents and critics of the Government,” U.N. Special Rapporteurs Rhona Smith, David Kaye, and Diego Garcia-Sayan said in a statement.

“The entire process of Mr. Sokha’s arrest and detention has been tainted by irregularities, and clear neglect of international human rights law and Cambodian law,” said the experts, who are the rapporteurs on the situation on human rights in Cambodia, the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the independence of judges and lawyers, respectively.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/irregularities-01172020152801.html

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