In view of crackdown on opposition; Germany suspends Cambodian government members preferential visas

visa suspension is the latest action taken against Hun Sen’s government by a Western country

In view of crackdown on opposition; Germany suspends Cambodian government members preferential visas

In a major move, Germany has confirmed that it has suspended preferential visas for private travel by members of Cambodia’s government.

The suspension also includes that of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

The decision follows a Cambodian government crackdown on the opposition.

The visa suspension is the latest action taken against Hun Sen’s government by a Western country following the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Hun Sen’s main rival, by the Supreme Court last year.

The CNRP was dissolved at the request of the ruling party, which had accused the CNRP of plotting to topple the government.

Rights groups say Hun Sen and his allies have escalated intimidation of their opponents ahead of elections and have even forced independent media outlets to shut.

The European Union said in December it had suspended funding for Cambodia’s 2018 general election because it did not view an election without a main opposition party as legitimate.

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