Help report on Cambodia's slide into one-party rule


Cambodia was once a focus of global efforts to promote democracy and repair the legacy of the Vietnam war. However, in the wake of genocidal misrule by the Khmer Rouge, and decades of civil war, it now appears to be moving rapidly towards a one-party state — modeled more on China than on the United States. If you’re familiar with the story of this strategic south-east Asian nation, we’d value your contribution to help analyze Cambodia.

English-language newspaper The Phnom Penh Post reported that it has documents it says point to an escalation of a crackdown on democratic dissent by the country’s ruling party – the Cambodian People’s Party. The party is led by Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander who defected to Vietnam and has led Cambodia since the early 1990s.

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The Post reported that the five-year plan would increase surveillance, shut down opposition, and prevent the spread of information that “twist the truth”. Hun Sen, acting after 2017 local elections, has effectively dissolved the political opposition, forced radio stations and newspapers to close, and publicly embraced U.S. President Donald Trump’s language on media and “fake news” (The Phnom Penh Post). At the same time, he has shifted Cambodia diplomatically away from Washington and toward the Beijing and Moscow spheres (The Phnom Penh Post).

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Where we’re at on the story:

  • Cambodia has been out of the headlines for years but everyone remembers the Khmer Rouge, why should the world care about these developments?
  • Why has the country’s ruling party been able to get away with a more sudden erosion of democratic mores over the past few years?
  • Hun Sen has made clear he listens to Donald Trump in his attacks on the media, what’s going on there and what can the U.S. do?
  • Are there any actors/institutions/pressure groups left that are sufficiently powerful to challenge the ruling party?

Interviews we’re working on so far:

  • James Rodriguez, Amnesty International – completed
  • Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch – completed
  • Sebastian Strangio, author and journalist – pending
  • Sophal Ear, political scientist – waiting to hear back

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