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Help report on Cambodia's slide into one-party rule Help report on Cambodia's slide into one-party rule
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Help WikiTribune to report on Cambodia's apparent shift away from democracy and why it matters to the world Join us in reporting on the recent events in Cambodia and what they matter to the world
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<strong>Cambodia, once a focus of global efforts to promote democracy and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_Campaign">repair the legacy of the Vietnam war</a>, the genocidal misrule by the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khmer_Rouge">Khmer Rouge</a>, and decades of civil war, appears to be moving rapidly towards a one-party state modelled more on China than on the United States as Washington becomes less valued in the region. If you're familiar with the story of this strategic south-east Asian nation, we'd value your contribution to analyzing Cambodia.</strong>  
  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>.
English-language newspaper <em><a href="http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/details-ruling-partys-five-year-plan-minimise-opposition-revealed">The Phnom Penh Post</a></em> has reported 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, led by <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hun_Sen">Hun Sen</a>, a former Khmer Rouge commander who defected to Vietnam and has led Cambodia since the early 1990s. 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>.
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The <em>Post</em> 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 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_general_election,_2018">2017 local elections</a>, has <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodia_National_Rescue_Party">effectively dissolved the political opposition</a>, forced radio stations and <a href="https://www.cambodiadaily.com/cambodia-daily-close-24-years/">newspapers to close</a>, and publicly embraced U.S. President Donald Trump's language on media and "<a href="http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sen-chides-cambodia-daily-lauds-trump">fake news</a>" (<em><a href="http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/hun-sen-chides-cambodia-daily-lauds-trump">The Phnom Penh Post</a></em>). At the same time, he has shifted Cambodia diplomatically away from Washington and toward the Beijing and Moscow spheres (<a href="http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/russia-send-observers-cambodias-2018-election-agrees-discuss-debt"><em>The Phnom Penh Post</em></a>).  
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Where we're at on the story:  
<li>Cambodia has been out of the headlines for years but everyone remembers the Khmer Rouge, why should the world care about these developments?</li>  
<li>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?</li> We’re planning to develop a story looking at why this is happening, what it means for Cambodia and for the region at large.
<li>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?</li>  
<li>Are there any actors/institutions/pressure groups left that are sufficiently powerful to challenge the ruling party?</li>  
Interviews we're working on so far:  
<li>James Rodriguez, Amnesty International – completed</li>  
<li>Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch – completed</li>  
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  This is what we’ve thought of so far:
  - Who: Prime Minister Hu Sen
<li>Sebastian Strangio, author and journalist – pending</li> - What: Cambodia’s gradual slide into effective one-party rule
<li>Sophal Ear, political scientist – waiting to hear back</li>  
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  - When: escalation in crackdown over the past few years
  - 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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