Cambodian opposition activist bailed, joins defectors

Humans Rights Watch report released on April 24 details acts of violence against opposition.

Former opposition activist Hun Kosal has been granted bail by a Cambodian court, after he was charged for allegedly insulting this country’s monarch, and announced he has joined the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

His defection was announced as New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on April 24 detailing violent attacks on members of the opposition Candlelight Party, formed out of the remnants of the outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

It said the government had stepped up attacks on opposition members in advance of the July 23 national elections with seven reported acts of violence targeting six opposition party members.

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