facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S. voices concern over Cambodia assembly purge

June 8, 2013 at 1:48 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department expressed concern Saturday about the recent purge of opposition representatives from Cambodia's national legislature.

A written statement from the department said ousters were ordered by the Permanent Committee of the Cambodian National Assembly, made up entirely of members of the ruling party.

"We strongly support a political process that includes the full participation of all political parties on a level playing field," the statement said.

The BBC said the dismissal of the opposition members this week was quickly followed by passage of a measure in the assembly making it a crime to deny atrocities took place in Cambodia in the 1970s when the Khmer Rouge held power.

Human rights activists said the new law was a thinly disguised political move aimed at shoring up Prime Minister Hun Sen's re-election bid by demonizing opposition parties that have blamed Vietnam for some of the approximately 1.7 million Cambodians who died under the Khmer Rouge.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin New Jersey man caught selling 'Ebola' heroin
2
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
3
Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder Kimberly Guilfoyle: young women should be 'excused' from voting to go on Tinder
4
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
5
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback