Vice President for International Programs; Vice President for Emergency Assistance Programs and Multilateral Initiatives
July 30, 2013
The steep gains for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Sunday’s elections reveal increasing public discontent with the three-decade stranglehold of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on political and economic power in the country.
In a new report, Investing in Freedom: Democracy Support in the U.S. Budget, Freedom House examines the President’s FY 2014 request for democracy and human rights activities and urges Congress to fully fund the international affairs budget to support the achievement of strategic U.S. foreign policy goals.
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, Freedom House joins key international human rights groups in calling on Cambodia’s government to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association.
Freedom House strongly condemns the Cambodian People Party’s (CPP) decision to expel 27 members of the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) from parliament. The National Assembly’s decision to strip opposition members of their parliamentarian status and salary is yet another blatant attempt by the CPP to stifle dissent in the lead-up to national elections on July 28.