People in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Editorial credit: Benjamin Tillotson /


Cambodia’s political system has been dominated by Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for more than three decades. While the country conducted semicompetitive elections in the past, the 2018 elections were held in a severely repressive environment. Since then, Hun Sen’s government has maintained pressure on opposition party members, independent press outlets, and demonstrators with intimidation, politically motivated prosecutions, and violence.

Freedom in the World 2023

Freedom in the World — Cambodia Country Report

Cambodia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2023, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 


Freedom on the Net — Cambodia Country Report

Cambodia is rated Partly Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.