Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok arrived safely in Finland with his daughter on Friday after gaining political asylum following weeks of hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest in Cambodia for his criticism of Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen.
Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service, Kim Sok voiced his gratitude for being allowed to remain in Finland, saying he is now “safe and sound and 100 percent free” from persecution by Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).
Calling Finland a country upholding freedom of expression and providing a good system of education, Kim Sok said he will use his presence in the country as an opportunity to “build my capacity to join in the future with those fighting for democracy and the rule of law [in Cambodia].”
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