EU must increase pressure on Cambodia’s government in the aftermath of recent crackdown

Following the decision of the Supreme Court in Cambodia to dissolve CNRP, the country’s main opposition party and to outlaw over 100 politicians ahead of a general election next year, the European Parliament today adopted a new resolution to reiterate its strong concerns about the further worsening situation in Cambodia.

MEPs strongly condemn the arrest of Kem Sokha and other political activists charged with treason and urge the Cambodian authorities to immediately set them free.

ALDE MEP, Petras Auštrevičius (Liberal Movement of Lithuania), said it is time for the EU to increase its pressure on the Cambodian government:

“After numerous EU statements and five urgency resolutions already in this legislature, I believe we should have learnt the lesson: words directed at the Cambodian government do not and will not work. I certainly welcome the EU’s decision to suspend electoral assistance but that is not sufficient. I call on the Commission to withdraw Cambodia’s participation in the Everything but Arms scheme. The EEAS should — with no delay — draw up the list of those accountable for repressions and impose travel bans and assets freezes on them.”

Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen recently said the 2018 national election result does not require international recognition to be valid. The international community perceived this statement as the latest sign of his determination to hold on to power after almost 33 years in office.


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