Prime Minister Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander, has been in power since 1985. His rule continues to rely on security force violence and politically motivated prosecutions. Security forces enjoy impunity for serious human rights abuses, including killings and torture. The government often restricts peaceful protests, and has imposed legislation regulating civil society and the internet that violates the rights to freedom of association and expression. Forced evictions and illegal land acquisitions by politically powerful individuals and their business partners cause social conflict. Government officials and judges are mired in corruption. Garment industry workers, who are mostly women, suffer sexual discrimination and other violations of their rights.

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