US Urges End to Arrests, Political Restrictions on Cambodia’s Opposition

The U.S. State Department has expressed concern over the detention of political activists in Cambodia and urged Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to lift restrictions on members of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

“The United States is concerned about the Cambodian government’s continued repression of former Cambodian National Rescue Party, or CNRP members, including the recent arrests of several former CNRP activists,” spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a video posted to the U.S. State Department’s Twitter feed on Wednesday, after six were detained over the weekend.

“We continue to urge the Cambodian government to remove undue political restrictions on all persons in Cambodia and to release those prisoners who have been arbitrarily or unlawfully detained, including Kem Sokha,” she said, referring to the CNRP’s president, who was arrested in September 2017 and is currently being held under de facto house arrest awaiting a trial for allegedly planning a coup.

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