(New York, October 22, 2020) – Cambodia’s increasingly dictatorial, one-party rule is underpinned by generals in the security forces who are responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today as it issued the Khmer-language version of the 213-page report, “Cambodia’s Dirty Dozen: A Long History of Rights Abuses by Hun Sen’s Generals.” Human Rights Watch also released a video showing some of the unexplained wealth of these generals and their family members.
Since the release of the English-language report in 2018, Prime Minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) have continued to benefit from the unquestioning support of senior officials in the army, gendarmerie, and police to effectively eliminate all political opponents and dissolve the main opposition party, rendering the July 2018 national elections meaningless. Cambodia now has more than 50 political prisoners and dozens of others facing charges.
These men are the backbone of an abusive political regime
These men are the backbone of an abusive government in Cambodia headed by the Prime Minister Hun Sen
The abuses include
· Arbitrary arrests
· Prolonged detentions
· Land grabs and much more
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The generals have relatively modest government salaries, yet they have each amassed massive unexplained wealth.
Here are some of their homes
Poverty, particularly in rural areas, is widespread.
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Gen. Neth Savoenun, also lives in a mansion.
His wife, Kim Leng paid US$2.7 million for a villa in Cyprus.
These 12 generals and their family members allegedly have overseas assets worth tens of millions of dollars.
Their families use social media to show off their wealth and lavish lifestyles.
Hun Sen and his generals should be investigated for the grave and systematic rights violations they have committed.
Governments should impose sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes against serious human rights abusers.
Donors should condition trade preferences and assistance to the government on ending rights violations and reforming the country’s abusive security forces.
October 22, 2020News Release