GENEVA (30 April 2018) – To ensure a genuine multi-party democracy in Cambodia which respects its citizens’ participation rights, the Government must immediately release detained opposition leaders and lift a ban on the opposition taking part in the July 29 general election, a UN expert says.

“No election can be genuine if the main opposition party is barred from taking part,” said Rhona Smith, an independent expert appointed by the Human Rights Council to monitor the human rights situation in Cambodia. On Monday, the National Election Committee started the two-week process of registration of political parties for the vote.

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