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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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Join us in reporting on the recent events in Cambodia and what they matter to the world  Help WikiTribune to report on the recent events in Cambodia and why they matter to the world
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  <em>We’re looking for people who can help report on the erosion of democracy in Cambodia. Go to EDIT STORY to contribute. Or offer a suggestion via TALK.</em>
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. 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.” 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>. 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>. 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. 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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  <h2>Where we're at so far</h2>
  Questions:
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   <li class="li1">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 class="li1">What aspects of the newly revealed five-year plan should concern us most?</li>
   <li class="li1">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>
   <li class="li1">How does what’s happening now compare to what has happened since Cambodia’s transition back to democracy in 1991?</li>
   <li class="li1">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 class="li1">Are there any actors/institutions/pressure groups left that are sufficiently powerful to challenge the ruling party?</li>
  </ol>
This is what we’ve thought of so far: Interviews:
- Who: Prime Minister Hu Sen  
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   <li>James Rodriguez, Amnesty International – completed</li>
   <li>Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch – completed</li>
- What: Cambodia’s gradual slide into effective one-party rule  <li>Sebastian Strangio, author and journalist – pending</li>
- 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.  
   <li>Sophal Ear, political scientist – waiting to hear back</li>
  </ol>
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