The president of rights group Adhoc has expressed concern over Cambodia’s political situation which could result in international sanctions, urging the government and the dissolved CNRP to seek a political solution.
Thun Saray appeared in a video clip on Facebook and offered his outlook over the Kingdom’s political situation following the July 29 election, including the reaction both locally and internationally to the number of invalid ballots.
Mr Saray said that because the CNRP was disbanded, leaving the CPP unchallenged, the election was deemed neither free nor fair.
“To avoid the loss of national interests due to political and economic sanctions in the upcoming days, please leaders of both political parties, especially the ruling party, alleviate the confrontation and seek a political solution to restore democracy and human rights,” he said.
“Failure to respect real democracy and human rights in the near future is a disruptive act of the country’s interest which will be condemned by history in the near future,” Mr Saray added.
Mr Sary has been in Canada since he was summoned to appear at Phnom Penh Municipal Court in October 2016 over former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s sex scandal.
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