CALD Resolution No. 2 S. 2016

June 1, 2016 6:08 am Published by Leave your thoughts

CALD Resolution No. 2 S. 2016

CALD resolution urging the Cambodian government to immediately cease politically motivated cases filed against the opposition, prevent the use of force, and resume peaceful resolution in addressing conflicts.

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD):

Disturbed that on 5 May, several armed police made a surprise visit at the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Headquarters with the intention to seize Kem Sokha, deputy leader of the CNRP; and that moments prior to this incident, Kem Sokha’s vehicle was stopped and searched by military men;

Concerned that throughout these incidents, no warrant of arrest or search warrant were presented by the authorities;

Cognizant that the confrontations are related to a case filed against Kem Sokha; and that as a member of the National Assembly, he can only be prosecuted, arrested or detained with the approval of two-thirds of the National Assembly;

Mindful that the opposition and its supporters have the right to express disapproval of illegal government actions through public statements, petitions, and rallies to voice out their concerns;

Aware that opposition supporters from across Cambodia are expected to show support through a petition to be delivered by CNRP lawmakers to King Norodom Sihamoni in order for the monarch to intervene on this latest “political crackdown”;

Alarmed that there are currently military presence outside the CNRP Headquarters where opposition supporters are gathering to show support to Kem Sokha;


Urges on the Cambodian government to immediately stop any form of political harassment against the opposition and its leaders, and to uphold at all times due process of law;

Urges the members of the Cambodian People’s Party in the National Assembly to abort any plans of political maneuvering that could disregard Kem Sokha’s parliamentary immunity and push for his incarceration;

Calls on the police to follow maximum restraint towards the opposition and government critics gathering outside the CNRP Headquarters and urges the government to resort to peaceful dialgue in order to ease the tensions and discuss, inclusively, possible solutions to the problem;

For the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats:

Oyun Sanjaasuren, MP


Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats

30 May 2016

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