Political Prisoners Cambodia

The precipitous decline in respect for human rights in Cambodia in recent years continued with a wave of politically motivated arrests and detentions in 2019. Authorities have detained and often prosecuted people for expressing views critical of the government, taking part in peaceful activism or human rights work, or associating with members of the former opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) by “eating Khmer noodles.” The dissolution of the CNRP by the government-controlled Supreme Court prior to the July 2018 elections assured that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) would win all 125 seats in the national parliament, effectively making Cambodia a one-party state.

A series of repressive laws and amendments to existing laws adopted in recent years have provided the authorities with legal tools to arbitrarily arrest and detain individuals for the expression of their opinions, including online, associating with others in groups, or conducting peaceful public assemblies.

Unlike after previous elections in 2008 and 2013, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threatening political rhetoric towards dissidents and political opponents has not cooled off one year later. With the help of its politicized and corrupt judiciary, the Cambodian government stepped up its harassment of former CNRP officials and activists. Kem Sokha, the CNRP leader, remains under indefinite house arrest linked to fabricated treason charges. Sam Rainsy and other senior CNRP leaders are in self-imposed exile, and face arrest warrants if they return. Sam Rainsy’s announcement that he and other CNRP exiles would return to Cambodia in November has prompted the government to allege the CNRP is plotting a coup. Since the CNRP announcement on August 16, the government has threatened charges against more than 50 former CNRP members and detained at least 30 of them.

Civil society activists, human rights defenders, journalists, and ordinary citizens expressing critical opinions online and offline are regular targets of the government. Trials are conducted in complete disregard of international fair trial standards, with government-controlled judges reaching verdicts in advance of the trials.

Concerned governments and donors should respond to the Cambodian government’s widespread human rights violations by strengthening public criticism and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners and others held for the peaceful exercise of their basic rights.

 

POLITICAL PRISONERS 

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Thun Chantha
Mey Sophorn
Kong Mas
Sou Yean
Ismail Pin Osman
Sam Sokha
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Kak Komphear
Pheat Mab
Sun Thun
Heng Chansothy
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Ouk Chhum
Lous Chenglay
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Chhuor Pheng
Chum Puthy
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Chhoeun Daravy
Hun Vannak
Rong Chhun
Thun Ratha
Long Kunthea
Phoung Keoreaksmey
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Pen Mom
Muong Sopheak
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Ny Nak
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Ly Sokhom
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Pann Sophy
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Ly Chandaravuth
Yim Leanghy
Sun Ratha
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RELEASED ON BAIL, CHARGES PENDING, SUSPENDED SENTENCE

Kem Sokha
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Kong Raya
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Soung Neak Poan
Nou Phoeun
Yat Phearum
Tum Bunthan
You Chantheany
Nuth Pich
Oun Saven
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Ly Lin
Chhun Thai Yuth
Ngin Sophat
Thoun Bunthorn
Chhim Marady
Phon Sophea
Teung Samban
Poung Kamsan
Doung Sam Ade
Khum Kan
Dong Sovannarith
Ly Kimheang
Ly Meng Kheang
Mean La
Horm Vuthy
Khin Sok Heang
Tith Sophath
Om Yonn
Puy Takk
Men Yorn
Sok Phat
Ley Sokhon
Dim Saroeun
Hun Sok Kong
Sam Vuthy
Uth Cheoun
Sim Lao
Soy Sinhart
Heng Hon
Kong Sivong
Chan Sophal
Toun Sam Ath
Nem Nath
Prak Ren
Noeun Nim
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Tem Siev
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Thorn Bunthoeurn
Pouk Chanda
Srang Lay
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Ouk Som Ang
Nok Oun
Sey Dara
So Tara
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Sun Bunthon
Ros Kimsieng
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RELEASED, CHARGES DROPPED, SENTENCE SERVED, PARDONED

Heng Sok
Rath Rott Mony
Chhun Sithi
An Batham
Hin Van Sreypov
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Ke Khim
Khin Chamreun
Kim Sok
Meach Sovannara
Neang Sokhun
Oeur Narith
Ouk Pich Samnang
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San Kimheng
San Seihak
Sourn Serey Ratha
Sum Puthy
Tep Narin
Tep Vanny
Um Sam An
Horn Sophanny
Uon Chhin
Yeang Sothearin
Yea Thong
Yun Kimhour
Ban Samphy
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Hun Yuth
Mai Hongsreang
Mong Phy
Net Sao
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Chum Sarath
Kea Sokhun
Ieng Cholsa
Men Voeun
Sorn Sam Neang
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DECEASED IN CUSTODY 

Tith Rorn
Som Bopha
Tuoy Sros

 

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