On September 2, 2017, the Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha was awoken around midnight to the sound of the police battering on his doors. Hauled in on charges of treason, he watched from prison as two months later his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was forcibly dissolved by the Supreme Court on allegations of plotting a coup.
Monday marked the second anniversary of Kem Sokha’s detention. Last September, he was released from jail but only under de-facto house arrest, the terms of which are not a great deal better than prison. There was no major protest in support of Kem Sokha on Monday, while the government-friendly newspapers overlooked it — the Phnom Penh Post gave just 340 words for an article on this anniversary; the Khmer Times didn’t even bother with an article.