Cambodia’s ruling party claims a leading rights activist defamed it and seeks $500,000 in damages

Lawyers for Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party filed a lawsuit Monday at the order of the party’s leader, former Prime Minister Hun Sen, accusing a leading rights activist of defamation and seeking damages of half a million dollars.

The complaint was filed in Phnom Penh Municipal Court against Soeng Sen Karuna, deputy chief of Cambodia’s biggest rights group, ADHOC. The lawsuit asserts that remarks by Soeng Sen Karuna caused dishonor to the ruling party. The court is expected to determine which law would be applicable for the complaint.

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