Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced a resolution today reaffirming the United States’ commitment to promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law in Cambodia.
The Cambodian Government, led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, has launched a brutal crackdown on political opposition and civil society ahead of national elections scheduled for July 2018. This resolution condemns all forms of political violence in Cambodia, urges the immediate release of opposition leader Kem Sokha, and calls for free, fair, and monitored 2018 elections.
“Despite decades of U.S. and international attention to promote a pluralistic and democratic system, the situation in Cambodia remains dire,” said Chairman McCain. “Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled the country with impunity for over three decades and throughout his rule, Hun Sen has resorted to any and all means to suppress the legitimate political opposition, harass civil society, restrain the media environment, and deny the democratic aspirations of the Cambodian people. This resolution is critical to seeking justice and protecting the basic human rights and freedoms of the Cambodian people.”
“The deliberate undermining of democracy being perpetrated by the Cambodian government must stop,” said Senator Durbin. “We call on Prime Minister Hun Sen and the governing party to respect the rule of law, human rights, and basic democratic norms. The world is watching.”
The resolution is here.