US: Mass Conviction Is Latest ‘Alarming’ Action by Cambodia

The United States expressed concern Wednesday over Cambodia’s recent mass conviction of opposition figures including an outspoken Cambodian-American activist, warning it represents part of an “alarming pattern” of actions that undermine democracy.

A Phnom Penh court convicted around 60 opposition figures Tuesday in a mass trial that comes as the country’s long-serving leader Hun Sen — who visited Washington last month for a regional meeting — cracks down on dissent ahead of national elections next year.

“The United States is deeply concerned by the June 14 mass conviction of opposition activists in Cambodia, including Cambodian-American lawyer Theary Seng,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

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