This is the strongest threat of action from representatives of any Western donors since the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha in September.
Prak Chan Thul
Hun Sen’s government has asked the Supreme Court to dissolve CNRP after its leader, Kem Sokha, was arrested on September 3 and charged with treason.
The latest move comes amid growing concern from the UN and rights groups over what they say is Cambodia’s deteriorating human rights and political situation.
The arrest marks an escalation in a campaign against critics, independent media and any potential threats to Hun Sen’s hold on power ahead of an election next year at which Kem Sokha has been expected to be his main challenger.
The amendment bans former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who lives in exile in France to avoid arrest in a number of convictions, from campaigning.