Cambodia’s Crackdown on Opposition Signals End of ‘Culture of Dialogue’

Cambodia human rights advocates arrive at an appeals court, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 13, 2016 (AP photo by Heng Sinith).
Cambodia human rights advocates arrive at an appeals court, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, June 13, 2016 (AP photo by Heng Sinith).
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Since late May, Kem Sokha, vice president of Cambodia’s opposition party, has remained in the party headquarters to avoid arrest over charges that he procured a prostitute. The case is the latest in what the European Union has condemned as a campaign of “judicial harassment” against the opposition. In an email interview, Stuart White, the national news editor at the Phnom Penh Post, discusses Cambodia’s current crackdown on the opposition and the prospects for reform. WPR: What is driving the current crackdown on Cambodia’s opposition, and what explains Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decision to end the truce represented by the […]

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