Canada alarmed by dissolution of Cambodia’s opposition party


November 16, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement on the dissolution of Cambodia’s main opposition party by the Supreme Court:

“Despite the economic progress that Cambodia has made over the past two decades, recent actions including the September arrest of the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Kem Sokha, and the law passed in October to distribute the CNRP’s seats to other parties, are a step backwards and profoundly anti-democratic.  As well, other concurrent actions, such as limiting alternative voices in the media and civil society, demonstrate that the Government of Cambodia is using the law to impose further anti-democratic actions.

“Canada is a friend of Cambodia and wants it to succeed and grow—something it has demonstrated it is able to do. Cambodia’s democratic future requires all voices to be heard, and Canada strongly encourages Cambodia to work toward establishing a full and robust democracy.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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