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

Cambodia

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.

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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. 

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.