Nov 16 2017
Washington, D.C. – The Senate today unanimously passed a resolution cosponsored by Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Dick Durban (D-IL) that reaffirms the United States’ commitment to promoting democracy, human rights and rule of law in Cambodia. Senator McCain released the following statement:
“I thank my colleagues for supporting this resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to democracy, justice and human rights in Cambodia. Despite decades of U.S. and international attention to promote a pluralistic and democratic system, the situation in Cambodia remains dire. 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, intimidate the media, and deny the democratic aspirations of the Cambodian people. Now more than ever, we must remain committed to promoting democratic values in Cambodia.”
Specifically, the 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.
The resolution is here.