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Statement on Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy's Return

07.11.2019

Dear H.E. Ambassador Nom Piseth,

We the undersigned call on the authorities of Cambodia and the neighbouring countries to permit Sam Rainsy and colleagues from the opposition CNRP free and peaceful entry in their native Cambodia on 9th November 2019, and to ensure their safety and free movement when in the country.

We are concerned with the recent actions of the Cambodian government which include surge in harassment and detention of opposition activists, deployment of the national security forces and threats against Sam Rainsy of violence, and of arrest on trumped up charges, if he and his colleagues cross into Cambodia on 9th November 2019. We are closely monitoring the situation and urge the Cambodian authorities to ensure peace and to desist from incitement of the military and police to perpetrate or to permit such violence.

We express our expectation that PM Hun Sen and the government apparatus will act in conformity with Cambodia’s constitution and accepted international civilised norms and allow Sam Rainsy to meet with supporters of the now-banned CNRP unhindered and without harassment from the authorities or their agents.

We reiterate our call on the Cambodian authorities to release opposition leader Kem Sokha and all political prisoners, and cease its intimidation of those domestic and international journalists who are not full regime supporters.

Fearing for stability arising from the banning of an opposition party that enjoys the support of half the electorate, from Cambodia being prima facie in breach of the provisions of crucial trade agreements, and from other economic vulnerabilities such as the very rapid influx of large scale unsustainable investments from China, we call on all international stakeholders to undertake immediate action and prevent any further deterioration in regional stability caused by Cambodia.

We call on other signatories to the 1991 Paris Accords, and UN system institutions, to take steps to encourage the Cambodian authorities to meet their treaty obligations, respect international human rights norms, and implement a genuine pluralist political system as envisioned by the Accords.

Petras Auštrevičius, MEP, Lithuania

Javier Nart, MEP, Spain

Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP, Bulgaria

Phil Bennion, MEP, UK

Abir Al-Sahlani, MEP, Sweden

Hilde Vautmans, MEP, Belgium

Malik Azmani, MEP, Netherlands

Dinesh Dhamija, MEP, UK

Vlad-Marius Botoş, MEP, Romania

Christophe Grudler, MEP, France

Luisa Porritt, MEP, UK

Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, MEP, Spain

Shaffaq Mohammed, MEP, UK

Katalin Cseh, MEP, Hungary

Liudas Mažylis, MEP, Lithuania

Bernard Guetta, MEP, France

Martin Horwood, MEP, UK

Margarida Marques, MEP, Portugal

Juozas Olekas, MEP, Lithuania

Irina von Wiese, MEP, UK

Svenja Hahn, MEP, Germany

Klemen Grošelj, MEP, Slovenia

Bill Newton Dunn, MEP, UK

Frédérique Ries, MEP, Belgium

Jane Brophy, MEP, UK

Assita Kanko, MEP, Belgium

Caroline Voaden, MEP, UK

Andreas Glück, MEP, Germany

Sheila Ritchie, MEP, UK

Salima Yenbou, MEP, France

Lucy Netshingha, MEP, UK

Martin Hojsik, MEP, Slovakia

Catherine Bearder, MEP, UK

Engin Eroglu, MEP, Germany

Barbara Gibson, MEP, UK

Aušra Maldeikienė, MEP, Lithuania

Helmut Scholz, MEP, Germany

Nicola Beer MEP, Germany

Isabel Carvalhais MEP, Portugal

Lars Patrick Berg MEP, Germany

Antony Hook MEP, UK

Karin Karlsbro MEP, Sweden

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP, Germany

Fredrick Federley MEP, Sweden

Maria Soraya Rodríguez Ramos MEP, Spain

Moritz Körner MEP, Germany

Isabel Santos MEP, Portugal

Irena Joveva MEP, Slovenia

Bronis Ropė, MEP, Lithuania

Attila ARA-Kovàcs MEP,Romania

Cristian Terhes MEP, Romania

Jytte Guteland MEP, Sweden

Evin Incir MEP, Sweden

Viktor Uspaskich MEP, Lithuania

Pascal Durand MEP, France

Atidzhe Alieva-Veli MEP, Bulgaria

 

 

 

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