Cambodia’s political system has been dominated by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for more than three decades. The country has conducted semicompetitive elections in the past, but the 2018 polls were held in a severely repressive environment that offered voters no meaningful choice. The main opposition party was banned, opposition leaders were in jail or exiled, and independent media and civil society outlets were curtailed. The CPP won every seat in the lower house for the first time since the end of the Cambodian Civil War, as well as every elected seat in the upper house in indirect elections held earlier in the year.
Freedom in the World — Cambodia Country Report
Cambodia is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
- 2019 Cambodia Country Report
- 2020 Country Report — Coming Soon!
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.
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