How the Cambodian Government Uses Trumped Up Terrorism Charges to Punish Critics

Cambodia’s Terrorism Trump – IHT, April 5, 2013
[Thanks to Tom for pointing this out.]
…Two weeks ago the Cambodian National Police triumphantly announced they had unmasked a group of terrorists in a suburb of Bangkok: six men, including three Buddhist monks, from the Khmer Krom ethnic minority who had fled to Thailand seeking political asylum. They were brought back to Cambodia under mysterious circumstances and immediately thrown in jail.
…Alleged terrorist plots, each more improbable than the last, emerge every few years in Cambodia, often conveniently involving pamphleteers, minorities and members of the opposition. It seems that Hun Sen, ever eager to cast himself as the only viable force for stability in a country that was mired in civil war for decades, is following the successful autocrat’s basic rule: If your political opponents don’t seem dangerous enough, conjure up some more frightening ones…

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