The ruling Cambodian People’s Party has intensified its crackdown on independent media, local human rights defenders, and land rights activists. In April, Hun Sen used the Covid-19 pandemic to enact a draconian state of emergency law that severely restricts fundamental liberties.
Between January and April, authorities detained and interrogated at least 30 people, including a 14-year-old girl, for Facebook posts.
On 4 June, Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a 37-year-old Thai opposition activist living in exile in Cambodia, was abducted by unidentified persons in the capital, Phnom Penh. His whereabouts remained unknown.
Rights to free expression and peaceful assembly are sharply curtailed, and there is no accountability for serious abuses.
That’s why many Cambodians currently in Australia are applying for Protection Visa to stay permanently in Australia.