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Human Rights Party asks to be dissolved

Khuon Narim / Khmer Times Share:
HRP president Son Soubert. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Human Rights Party has officially submitted a letter to the Ministry of Interior asking for its own dissolution prior to upcoming elections for which it will not field any candidates.

The party was founded in 2007 by jailed former opposition CNRP leader Kem Sokha, who faces treason charges for conspiring to topple the government with a foreign power.

In the July 2008 parliamentary elections, the ruling CPP won a landslide majority and the Human Rights Party took third place.

In 2012, it merged with the Sam Rainsy Party to form the now-dissolved CNRP.

The letter, obtained yesterday, asks Interior Minister Sar Kheng to dissolve the Human Rights Party, according to a consensus reached at the party’s permanent committee meeting on Sunday.

“The permanent committee has unanimously decided to dissolve the party,” it said.

HRP president Son Soubert confirmed the party would be dissolved prior to the national election in July.

He said the party’s dissolution was already a given when it merged with the Sam Rainsy Party to form the CNRP.

“The HRP is meaningless because it already merged into the CNRP,” Mr Soubert said.

The CNRP was dissolved late last year in the wake of Mr Sokha’s arrest on treason charges.

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