Cambodian Parliament Approves UU Lese Majeste

The Cambodian Parliament unanimously approves changes to the Penal Code and the Constitution which will further limit the freedom of speech and political activity which has been suppressed under the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

All 123 members of the National Assembly approved the amendments, changes to the Criminal Code that would make lese majeste (insulting the kingdom) were considered criminal acts that could be fined and imprisoned up to five years.

Under a government order, a court last year disbanded the National Rescue Party Cambodian opposition. The party legislators in the assemblies were subsequently replaced by those who supported the government.

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Meanwhile, amendments against the constitution generally prohibits foreign interference with Cambodian domestic affairs and political activity that could endanger national interests. [ab/uh]

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