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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 Help WikiTribune to report on Cambodia's apparent shift away from democracy and why it matters to the world
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<strong>Cambodia, once a focus of global efforts to promote democracy and repair the legacy of the Vietnam war, brutal misrule by the Khmer Rouge 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 analysing Cambodia.</strong>  <strong>Cambodia, once a focus of global efforts to promote democracy and repair the legacy of the Vietnam war, 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>
English-language newspaper <em><a style="color: #008d6f;" 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 <span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;">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 Hun Sen, a former Khmer Rouge commander who defected to Vietnam and has led Cambodia since the early 1990s.</span>  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.
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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 <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 closed 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 "fake news". At the same time he has shifted Cambodia diplomatically to the Beijing and Moscow spheres from Washington.  
  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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<strong>Where we're at on the story:</strong>  Where we're at on the story:
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<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>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>  <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>
<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>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>  <li>Are there any actors/institutions/pressure groups left that are sufficiently powerful to challenge the ruling party?</li>
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<strong>Interviews we're working on so far:</strong>  Interviews we're working on so far:
<ul> <ul>
<li>James Rodriguez, Amnesty International – completed</li>  <li>James Rodriguez, Amnesty International – completed</li>
<li>Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch – completed</li>  <li>Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch – completed</li>
<li>Sebastian Strangio, author and journalist – pending</li>  <li>Sebastian Strangio, author and journalist – pending</li>
<li>Sophal Ear, political scientist – waiting to hear back</li>  <li>Sophal Ear, political scientist – waiting to hear back</li>
</ul> </ul>
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Categories Categories
Cambodia, China, Corruption, Current Affairs, Diplomacy, Human Rights, Japan, Law, Military, Politics, Thailand, Vietnam, WikiProject, WikiProject Cambodia, China, Corruption, Current Affairs, Diplomacy, Human Rights, Japan, Law, Military, Politics, Thailand, Vietnam, WikiProject, WikiProject
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Cambodia Daily, Cambodia National Rescue Party, Hun Sen, The Phnom Penh Post, Xi Jinping Cambodia Daily, Cambodia National Rescue Party, Hun Sen, The Phnom Penh Post, Xi Jinping
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