Washington, DC – Local and international civil society groups operating in Cambodia face government-imposed restrictions on their operations and have been significantly hindered in their work in the lead up to Sunday’s general election, according to a recent report by a U.S.-based think tank.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its report, titled “Cambodia Civil Society at a Critical Juncture,’’ found that the Cambodian courts were the main tool used by the authorities to clamp down on civil society groups the authorities saw as challenging.
Other tactics used by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen included arbitrary arrests of activists, violent responses to peaceful civil society activities, and pressure leading to the closure of several independent media outlets.
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