Interior Minister Sar Kheng has instructed the Human Rights Party to hold a congress to seek approval from the majority of its members before asking the ministry to dissolve it.
Earlier this week, the party submitted a letter to the ministry 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.
The letter had asked Mr Kheng to dissolve the party according to a consensus reached at the party’s permanent committee meeting on Sunday.
Mr Kheng sent a letter back to the party yesterday, instructing it to follow proper procedures in order to dissolve the party.
Mr Kheng asked the party to follow the Law on Political Parties by holding a congress and a vote to dissolve the party, which would require a two-thirds majority vote from members.