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[BRIEFING] Holding Cambodia Accountable after Backslides in Democracy

  • The Heritage Foundation 214 Massachusetts Ave NE Washington, DC 20002 (map)

Cambodian democracy is in peril. Ahead of 2018 elections, Hun Sen has undertaken a major crackdown, jailing opposition leader Kem Sokha, shutting down election monitoring organizations and NGOs, and silencing Cambodian press. Now, in an unprecedented move, Hun Sen has moved to dissolve the opposition party. While Cambodian democracy has been on the rocks for years, these latest actions merit further attention from the international community. Without U.S. leadership to hold Cambodia to account, whatever semblance of democracy that is left in Cambodia will likely be gone. Join us for a discussion of the way forward to address backslides in Cambodian democracy.