Sokha’s daughter in legal trouble

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Kem Sokha’s daughters lead a CNRP rally in Phnom Penh. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Interior Ministry has warned of legal action against jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha’s daughter, Kem Monovithya, for calling on foreign buyers to stop ordering garment products from the kingdom.

“Cambodia may lose a group of garment buyers if it doesn’t comply with the conditions,” she posted on Twitter last week.

Interior Ministry spokesman General Kieu Sopheak said that Ms Monivithya’s actions affected the interests of the nation.

“I think her actions affect national interests,” Mr Sopheak said. “Legal action should be taken.”

He added that about three million workers’ livelihoods would be affected if foreign nations stopped importing garments from the kingdom of Cambodia..

“It does not affect one person but millions of people, including the families of the workers,” he said.

On December 19, a panel was held in New York City to discuss the situation in Cambodia where Ms Monovithya asked the UN to suspend Cambodia’s seat.

Panellists included Cambodian Centre for Independent Media head Pa Nguon Teang, and Human Rights Watch Asia advocacy director John Sifton.

Mr Sopheak said the government is now seeking to ban senior members of the opposition CNRP for an additional five year after the the Supreme Court ruled in November that 118 senior party members would be banned from politics for five years.

“We will ask that they be barred from politics for five more years. We are now monitoring their activities,” he said.

Former opposition lawmaker Ou Chanrath said he did not support the government’s desire to ban CNRP members even further.

“I think this competition is useless for national interest,” he said. “The ruling CPP holds power so we don’t have the choice to pressure the government.”

Ms Monovithya yesterday read a letter from her father in jail, in which he called for free and fair elections in July.

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said the election is set to go forth without any problems and Mr Sokha’s plea was needless.

“Cambodia isn’t in a political crisis,” Mr Eysan said.

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