Cambodia political crackdown can't be ignored by U.S.
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Cambodia political crackdown can't be ignored by U.S.

For Cambodian-Americans, the recent heavy-handed actions of Cambodia's government led by Prime Minister Hun Sen have to be unsettling. Hun Sen has directed a crackdown on political dissent in advance of parliamentary elections scheduled in mid-2018. In his most blatant anti-democratic action, he ordered police to arrest the president of Cambodia's main opposition party, Kem Sokha. The charge was treason. From afar, this political strike from an authoritarian regime appears to be business as usual. But it's worse than that. Hun Sen has declared that Sokha was conspiring with the United States to overthrow his government. What did Sokha do? He made the mistake of seeking advice about campaign strategy from consultants in Cambodia who have ties to Washington political organizations.


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