Phnom Penh – Cambodian courts and police authorities have summoned a total of 140 ex-members of the opposition party in recent weeks, a local human rights group said, as government efforts to intimidate and suppress the opposition continue more than a year after the party was banned.
Dozens of former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members have been newly ensnared in legal cases in the past month. Provincial courts summoned them on accusations that they continued to meet in violation of a Supreme Court November 2017 decision to dissolve the party and ban its members from political activities for five years.
Am Sam Ath, a monitoring manager at rights group LICADHO, said 35 ex-CNRP members were recently summoned in Battambang Province, 35 in Kampong Thom Province and 36 in Kandal Province, while authorities in Kampong Speu, Kampong Chhnang, Kampot, and Tbong Khmum provinces also summoned dozens of people.
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