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 of Kem Sokha on Sunday drew Western condemnation and marked an escalation in a crackdown on critics of Hun Sen.
Kem Sokha had been charged with “colluding with foreigners” under Article 443 of Cambodia’s penal code, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said in a statement.
The Cambodia Daily printed only a few thousand copies a day but had a reputation for breaking news about sensitive topics such as corruption, waste, environmental issues and land rights.
In the past, English language newspapers have been left alone by the government, but a sudden demand for tax payments directed at the Cambodian Daily indicates that the situation has changed.
The amendment bans former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who lives in exile in France to avoid arrest in a number of convictions, from campaigning.
Cambodia feels that Trump is lowering the bar for authoritarian behaviour around the world, affecting the country whose prime minister is a Trump supporter.