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Procedure : 2017/3002(RSP)
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Texts tabled :

RC-B8-0686/2017

Debates :

PV 14/12/2017 - 5.2
CRE 14/12/2017 - 5.2

Votes :

PV 14/12/2017 - 8.2

Texts adopted :

P8_TA(2017)0497

Debates
Thursday, 14 December 2017 - Strasbourg Revised edition

5.2. Cambodia: the banning of the opposition
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  Charles Tannock, author . – Madam President, last month, democracy and the rule of law in Cambodia received a damaging blow. Basing its decision on vague accusations and legal provisions, Cambodia’s highest court dissolved the Cambodia National Rescue Party – the main opposition party to Prime Minister Hun Sen. 118 CNRP politicians were banned from political activity for five years. Kem Sokha, President of the CNRP, is currently being held in prison on trumped-up charges, and an arrest warrant is out for the leader of the opposition, Sam Rainsy. If this situation is not reversed, then Prime Minister Hun Sen will be effectively uncontested at next year’s general elections, giving him unfettered power.

Removing opponents is the text book move of a typical tyrant. The people of Cambodia, after the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime last century deserve democracy; they deserve better. They deserve an independent and impartial judiciary. Credible and transparent elections are vital to the health of the nation and the legitimacy of its government. This is one of the basic tenets that the EU member states hold dear and yet, Cambodia is a country that continues to enjoy tariff preferences to the EU market as part of the preferential ‘everything but arms’ scheme.

EU member states now have a key role to play to urge the Cambodian government to protect democracy and pluralism, as enshrined in their constitution. Cambodia’s obligations under the Convention should be immediately reviewed and all possible pressure should be put on the government to drop charges against the leaders of the opposition and to re-establish the CNRP party.

 
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