France voices regret over Cambodian general election

Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 30 July 2018

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Cambodia/General election (29 July)

France regrets the fact that the Cambodian general election took place without the main opposition party (Cambodian National Rescue Party), which was dissolved on 16 November 2017, while its president, Mr Kem Sokha, has been held in prison since 3 September.

The election was held in an environment that did not allow the opposition, media or civil society to function unimpeded.

We call for the release of Kem Sokha and for the lifting of the ban on 118 members of the Cambodian National Rescue Party from conducting any political activity for five years.

We urge the Cambodian authorities to respect the fundamental rights that will guarantee a credible democratic process. (…)./.

Published on 31/07/2018

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