Cambodia: Respect freedom of expression as elections approach
July 21, 2013
July 21, 2013 - As Cambodia prepares to hold elections for its National Assembly on July 28, 2013, and following the return to the country of opposition leader Sam Rainsy on July 19, four international human rights organizations – Amnesty International, Civil Rights Defenders, Freedom House and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – call on Cambodia’s government to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.
We call on leaders of all political parties to protect the space for everyone in Cambodia to peacefully express their opinions, whether majority or dissenting; and to signal clearly that committing, inciting, encouraging or condoning violence or other human rights abuses will not be tolerated in the run-up to, during and after the elections.
We also call on the international community, including Cambodia’s donors, to stand up for human rights and encourage respect for freedom of expression during and following the elections.