The U.N. on Tuesday publicly released a letter challenging the government over alleged “intimidation” against a Licadho official, as the government continued to attack the group for participating in “a network” of local and international organizations working to “fabricate” news about Cambodia.
Am Sam Ath, the rights group’s monitoring manager, was quoted by U.S.-run Radio Free Asia on March 29 saying some arrests over Covid-19-related Facebook posts were likely politically motivated. Two days later, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that Sam Ath could be arrested over his comments.
The U.N. sent its letter to the government two months after the exchange. It seeks answers over government actions that could create a “chilling effect on freedom of expression.”