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Hun_Sen_(2015) Help report on Cambodia's slide into one-party rule
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  Join us in reporting on the recent events in Cambodia and what they matter to the world
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  Cambodia's oldest English-language newspaper has obtained documents it says point to an escalation of a crackdown on democratic dissent by the country’s ruling party.
  According to <em><a href="http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/details-ruling-partys-five-year-plan-minimise-opposition-revealed">The Phnom Penh Post, </a></em>Cambodia’s People’s Party has drawn up a five-year plan that will increase surveillance, shut out any opposition “force,” and prevent the spread of information that “twists the truth.”
  So far, Prime Minister Hu Sen’s administration has imprisoned opposition politicians and forced independent media outlets, like the <a href="https://www.cambodiadaily.com/cambodia-daily-close-24-years/"><em>Cambodia Daily</em></a>, into closure. The country's main opposition, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia_National_Rescue_Party" rel="external">Cambodia National Rescue Party</a>, was forced to dissolve last year ahead of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_general_election,_2018" rel="external">2018 elections</a>.
  Multi-party democracy formally returned to Cambodia 25 years ago, after years of turmoil including the rule of Pol Pot, which resulted in <span class="s2">an <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_genocide" rel="external">estimated 2 million deaths</a></span>, and protracted civil strife. Hun Sen, a one-time follower of Pol Pot, has been in power since 1985, making him one of  <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun_Sen" rel="external">the world’s longest-serving leaders</a>.
  We’re planning to develop a story looking at why this is happening, what it means for Cambodia and for the region at large.
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  - Who: Prime Minister Hu Sen
  - What: Cambodia’s gradual slide into effective one-party rule
  - When: escalation in crackdown over the past few years
&nbsp - Where: Cambodia
  - Why: progressive regional slide into authoritarianism; Hu Sen never accepting legitimacy of opposition political actors; increasingly interventionist Chinese foreign policy; U.S. and Western countries' retreat from region.
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  Cambodia, China, Corruption, Current Affairs, Diplomacy, Human Rights, Japan, Law, Military, Politics, Thailand, Vietnam, WikiProject
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