Sam Rainsy’s travel ban lifted but safe return not guaranteed

The former leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP – LI full member), Sam Rainsy, has had his travel ban lifted this week – a token act described as “not a serious advance” by Mr Sam, amid concerns prime minister Hun Sen plans to arrest the democracy icon ahead of the 2018 national elections in Cambodia.

 

I would accept any sacrifice, including giving up my life, if I am assured that my sacrifice would help advance the cause I am fighting for, meaning bringing a democratic change in Cambodia by first removing Hun Sen as a dictator.

Writing online Sam Rainsy expressing doubt about the sincerity of prime minister Hun Sen’s announcement, adding: “I did say in an email to a journalist on deadline that I would return to the country if the travel ban was lifted. This was a shorthand for the restoration of my democratic rights which have been improperly removed. Cancelling a travel ban while leaving the rest of the intimidation in place is not a serious advance.”

The former opposition leader has suggested that the lifting of the ban is intended to cause disruption ahead of the 2018 election, noting that the CNRP made huge election advances at the commune elections in early June.

 

It’s time to get serious if we want to have a real democratic competition in 2018, concluded Sam Rainsy.

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