The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, voiced his grave concerns in the News Release issued on Friday about the conduct of credible, free and fair elections in Cambodia next year following the decision by the Supreme Court to dissolve the main opposition party, which coincides with a clampdown on press freedoms and civil society across the country.
He stressed that an effective multi-party democracy requires an opposition that can operate freely without intimidation and threats – and the same goes for a credible, free and fair election.
He also said the party’s dissolution and the ban on its members was all the more worrying given other measures by the Royal Government of Cambodia. In recent months the Government has closed and suspended civil society groups as well several media companies, and it has been targeting individual journalists and members of non-governmental organizations.
See full news release in English here and in Khmer here.