FOLEY CALLS ON AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO EXAMINE SANCTIONS AGAINST CAMBODIA FOLLOWING “SHAM” ELECTION

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NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has been joined by the daughter of the imprisoned Cambodian Opposition Leader, to reaffirm calls for Australia to reject the result of the Cambodian regime’s “sham” election and examine sanctions against the country.

Kem Monovithya is in Sydney as part of a high level delegation from the main opposition party in Cambodia, the Cambodian National Rescue Party. Ms Kem is the party’s Deputy Director-General of Public Affairs.

Her father Kem Sokha, leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party, was imprisoned by the Hun Sen regime and his party has been banned in Cambodia.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley is urging the Federal Australian Government to examine targeted sanctions such as visa restrictions on key Cambodian government members, and the freezing of their assets in Australia. Similar action has been taken by the United States and the European Union.

Mr Foley made the initial call last month after Hun Sen extended his rule for another five years during the undemocratic Cambodian election.

Hun Sen’s 33-year rule has been described as the ‘death of democracy’ in Cambodia.

ABC TV’s Four Corners program has reported on death threats to Australian Cambodian politicians and an increase in intimidation of anti-regime activists in Sydney, including email threats and taking their photographs at demonstrations.

More than 11,000 Cambodian migrants live in Sydney and they know that speaking out against Hun Sen’s regime means they can no longer visit relatives there.

Hun Sen has also silenced independent media and banished foreign NGO’s in his country.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“I applaud Kem Monovithya and her delegation for travelling to Australia to call on our Federal Government to take meaningful action against the Hun Sen regime.

“Hun Sen’s representatives in Australia undertake surveillance of Cambodian Australians, and engage in the intimidation of community members in Sydney.

“I will continue to raise these matters in the Parliament of New South Wales, and to call for our Federal Government to act to pressure the Cambodian regime to release its political prisoners and restore democracy.”