EOS Alerts 5-9-2017
Cambodia: Opposition Leader Charged with Treason
Anticipate possible protest related activity following the arrest of opposition leader
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller service has issued updated travel advice to advise that “Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha was arrested on treason charges on 3 September 2017. This has the potential to increase domestic political tensions. Avoid political gatherings, protests and demonstrations.” Sokha has been charged with ‘colluding with foreigners’ and could face up to 30 years in prison. Some have said that his arrest was politically motivated in order to solidify the position of Hun Sen, the longest serving ruler in the region, in the run-up to next year's parliamentary elections. The European Union (EU) has called for his immediate release as he is meant to have parliamentary immunity as an elected legislator.
Following the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha, tensions are heightened. Avoid any protests and demonstrations, as even those expected to remain peaceful can see tensions escalate with little to no warning. Plan your travel accordingly during this period.