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DEATH KNELL FOR DEMOCRACY
Attacks on Lawmakers and the Threat to Cambodia's Institutions

Report Launch and Press Conference

10:30am, Monday March 20, 2017,
Admittance Free

This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
 
In February 2017, Cambodia's Parliament approved a set of new amendments to the Law on Political Parties, which grant unprecedented powers to the executive and judicial branches to suspend and dissolve parties. The move marked a culmination of nearly two years of escalating persecution of Cambodian lawmakers. These attacks have come in the context of a renewed, broader crackdown on dissent, which has targeted nearly all segments of Cambodian civic life, as well as similar growing threats to other legislators across Southeast Asia.

Members of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), including lawmakers from Malaysia and the Philippines who will have just returned from a fact-finding mission to Cambodia, will present the organization's latest report: Death Knell for Democracy: Attacks on Lawmakers and the Threat to Cambodia's Institutions. The report documents and analyzes the recent wave of attacks against parliamentarians in Cambodia, including judicial prosecutions, violations of procedure surrounding parliamentary immunity, and physical violence. APHR members will also share observations from their recent fact-finding mission, as well as discuss wider regional parallels and implications. Human Rights Watch's Phil Robertson will also join the panel to comment on the report and provide his perspective on recent events in Cambodia.

Featured Speakers:
  • Hon. Charles Santiago, Member of the Parliament of Malaysia, APHR Chairperson

  • Kraisak Choonhavan, Former Thai Senator, APHR Board Member

  • Rep. Tomasito Villarin, Member of the House of Representatives of the Philippines, APHR Member

  • Phil Robertson, Asia Division Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch


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