The International Federation for Human Rights has urged the European Union to pressure the Cambodian government to cease its crackdown on civil society and the political opposition.
“The EU must not stand by passively while Cambodia accelerates its descent into an authoritarian one-party state,” said FIDH secretary-general Debbie Stothard in a press release Monday, adding that the EU should seek the release of Kem Sokha.
Mr Sokha, former president of the dissolved CNRP, was charged with treason last year over an alleged attempt to overthrow the government.
“Introduce targeted sanctions,” FIDH said.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the organisation had the right to express its opinion.
“Of 28 countries, 24 countries support and four countries oppose, so it is impossible to carry out EU pressure,” he said.