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PM Hun Sen’s United Nations look attracts Cambodian diaspora protest — Radio Free Asia

About 300 members of the Cambodian diaspora within the U.S. rallied at United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday, demanding that the Phnom Penh authorities launch political prisoners and implement democratic reforms as Prime Minister Hun Sen was set to handle the U.N. Basic Meeting. 

The protesters displayed images of detained activists from the now-dissolved Cambodian Nationwide Rescue Get together (CNRP), whose chief Sam Rainsy has been in exile in France, and urged Hun Sen, the nation’s long-ruling strongman, to launch his grip on energy. 

“Please respect human rights, launch political activists to their freedom, and have free and honest elections during which all events can take part,” Sam Vathana of Lengthy Seashore, California, instructed RFA when requested what his message was for Hun Sen. 

Chun Sothy, a CNRP activist who just lately acquired asylum in the US, traveled from North Carolina to attend the New York protest, instructed RFA that he was persecuted in Cambodia and fled to Thailand for 3 years earlier than coming to the U.S. 

“I need Hun Sen to return our positions that he robbed from us. I’m a former commune councilor. He robbed 5,007 seats,” Chun Sothy stated. “He robbed the wills of greater than 3 million individuals. If Hun Sen loves peace, why did he rob the wills of the individuals?”

Chun Sothy was referring to Cambodia’s latest communal elections, which opposition activists and civil society teams stated was marred by strain campaigns from Hun Sen’s allies. 

“I wish to inform the world that Hun Sen shouldn’t be a frontrunner who was elected. He stole energy and we live below a dictatorial and corrupt regime,” Chun Sothy stated.  

The prime minister, who has dominated Cambodia for greater than three a long time, didn’t schedule any conferences with Cambodians now residing within the U.S. whereas on his journey to the U.S., saying he was too busy. However a few of his supporters greeted him at his lodge in New York.

Members of the Cambodian diaspora protest  against Prime Minister Hun Sen's authoritarian rule as the long-time strongman was set to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Sept. 23, 2022.
Members of the Cambodian diaspora protest towards Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian rule because the long-time strongman was set to handle the U.N. Basic Meeting in New York, Sept. 23, 2022.

The protest was organized by the Cambodia-Myanmar Group, in opposition to “Hun Sen and his Cambodian Individuals’s Get together’s (CPP) decades-long tyrannical rule within the nation,” the group stated. 

It known as on Cambodia “to reverse all wrongful convictions and detentions,” together with the latest conviction of Cambodian American human rights lawyer Seng Theary for conspiracy to commit treason, a part of a mass trial largely seen as a part of a broader crackdown on critics of Hun Sen.

Since coming to energy in 1985, Hun Sen has constantly focused opponents to his rule and positioned CPP officers in positions of authority nationwide. Events that problem his rule are sometimes subjected to investigations, arrests and different types of harassment by CPP officers and their supporters. 

Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Nawar Nemeh.



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