LAW­MAK­ERS AP­PROVE LAW LIM­IT­ING FREE SPEECH

Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD - / AP

Cam­bo­dian law­mak­ers yes­ter­day unan­i­mously ap­proved changes to the crim­i­nal code and the con­sti­tu­tion that can fur­ther limit free speech and po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, al­ready un­der stress from the govern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Hun Sen. All 123 mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly ap­proved the changes to the crim­i­nal code mak­ing lese ma­jeste — in­sult­ing the monar­chy — a crim­i­nal of­fense pun­ish­able by a fine and up to five years in pri­son. A court dis­solved the op­po­si­tion Cam­bo­dia Na­tional Res­cue Party last year at the govern­ment’s be­hest, and its law­mak­ers have been re­placed in the as­sem­bly by ones who sup­port the govern­ment. The con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments ban for­eign in­ter­fer­ence in Cam­bo­dian af­fairs.

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