EU, rights groups urge Cambodia to halt attack on opposition

PHNOM PENH (AP) – The European Union (EU) and rights groups said the Cambodian government’s move to dissolve the main opposition party would be a serious blow to democracy that undermines the credibility of next year’s elections.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday the government of long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen is making a “naked grab for total power”.

Cambodia’s government took initial legal steps last week to dissolve the popular Cambodia National Rescue Party, the latest move to kneecap the opposition ahead of next year’s general election.

It is asking the Supreme Court to disband the party on the grounds that it was involved in a plot to topple the government.