12 January, 2006

cambodian arrests

‘Strongman’ Hun Sen is reverting to type:

Ribbon-TextA recent spate of arrests including journalists, trade unionists, and prominent human rights activists in Cambodia has had a chilling effect, as civil society organizations and others grow increasingly fearful of expressing opinions. Over the past three months, the Constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression in Cambodia has come under grave threat from a series of criminal defamation lawsuits filed by the government. Five individuals have been arrested and detained on defamation charges related to criticism expressed of the government, and at least five more than fled the country to escape arrest.

The arrests have heightened long-standing concerns about executive government interference in the judiciary in Cambodia. All of the recent criminal defamation charges have been based on complaints filed by the government or its leaders. Most relate directly to opinions expressed about Prime Minister Hun Sen of the dominant Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and criticisms over sensitive border issues with neighboring Vietnam.

The crackdown on freedom of expression, which follows three years of severe restrictions on freedom of assembly, marks a continuing backward slide in Cambodia’s democratization and efforts to promote human rights, rule of law and judicial independence. The hard-won steps which have been made toward human rights and pluralistic democracy – including an active civil society, a vibrant news media, and a political opposition which is a vital part of any democracy – are in danger of being lost.

(via GV)

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by @ 8:17 pm. Filed under Cambodia, Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Censorship

2 Responses to “cambodian arrests”

  1. Joe Says:

    What the hell is going on with Cambodia government?

    I think we should kill Hun Sen and move the Cambodia forward.

  2. Mathieu Pellerin Says:

    Your link to the campaign is wrong, remove the ‘:’ character :)

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