Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Authorities pay visit to politics chat

Authorities pay visit to politics chat

Youths attend a political discussion forum in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district yesterday. Photo supplied
Youths attend a political discussion forum in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district yesterday. Photo supplied

Authorities pay visit to politics chat

Local authorities paid an “intimidating” visit to a youth group holding a private political discussion in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district yesterday.

The discussion on the topic “The Political Heat in Cambodia” was intended to focus on recent political developments in the Kingdom, and featured as speakers two political party members, political blogger Ou Ritthy and Chak Sopheap, the executive director of the Cambodia Center for Human Rights.

Two men, who identified themselves as district officials but would not give their names, arrived at the beginning of the event to speak with organisers and returned during a panel discussion demanding the names of speakers and event fliers, according to Sopheap.

After the discussion ended, seven more officials arrived, identifying themselves first as “journalists” and then as commune authorities. They informed organisers that they should have sought approval for the event and topic, and inquired about the group’s activities, according to a group member who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Again, the authorities refused give their names.

The organiser added that authorities had never appeared at prior events. “It was an internal discussion . . . We aren’t doing anything wrong,” he said.

CCHR’s Sopheap said the event “would not even fall in the scope of the peaceful assembly law . . . It is groundless, intimidating and [contradicts] civil and political rights.”

Pang Lida, deputy governor of Tuol Kork, said authorities attended to ask if organisers asked permission from the office where the discussion was held.

“If you enter someone’s house, you have to ask permission,” he said.

Additional reporting by Chhay Channyda

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Full country reopening to be decided in two weeks

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced that if the Covid-19 situation remains stable for 15 consecutive days from the end of the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, Cambodia will reopen fully, albeit in the context of Covid-19 whereby people have to adjust their lives to

  • Cambodia unveils new quarantine regulations

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Cambodia sets new Covid-19 quarantine rules

    The government has modified Covid-19 quarantine requirements, shortening the duration for, among others, Cambodian officials, foreign diplomats and delegations, investors and inbound travellers in general. According to an official notice signed by Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng late on October 16, quarantine length for Cambodian

  • Hun Sen: Cambodia set to fully reopen

    Prime Minister Hun Sen concludes that the October 5-7 Pchum Ben public holiday, during which many people either flocked to their hometowns for family reunion or gathered at tourist attractions across the country, has not caused an outbreak of Covid-19. In a special address to

  • Will Evergrande change the way Chinese developers do business in Cambodia?

    China’s property sector policy has exposed the grim financial condition of real estate developers including those operating in Cambodia, which raises questions over the viability of their projects and business going forward The dark blue netting draping over one of Yuetai Group Co Ltd’

  • Cambodia voted ‘world’s friendliest country’ in Rough Guides reader poll

    Cambodia ranked number one among the “World’s Friendliest Countries”, according to a reader poll conducted by London-based international website “Rough Guides”. Taking submissions through Twitter and Facebook, “Rough Guides”, a well-known travel agency and publisher of guidebooks, said the Kingdom “was by far the