Pandemic, Support for Banned CNRP Swell Ranks of ‘Political Prisoners’

Yim Sareth’s crime was posting a photo of himself online wearing a mask, says his wife, Ouk Chanthy.

That was in late March, as Covid-19 case numbers grew in the country and the government rounded up dozens of social media users for allegedly spreading “fake news” about the virus. Many were released, but those linked to the outlawed opposition CNRP remain in jail.

More than six months later, Chanthy protests every week outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court alongside a group of wives and family members of individuals whom Human Rights Watch labels “political prisoners.”

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