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A former elected official from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was beaten unconscious by unknown assailants in Cambodia’s capital on Friday, bringing to 13 the number of opposition members assaulted since the party’s leader Sam Rainsy announced plans to return home from exile in August.
The assault on Tep Chansokheya, who served as the councilor of O'Russey III commune in Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district until Cambodia’s Supreme Court disbanded the CNRP in November 2017 for its role in an alleged plot of treason, came as the government prepared to respond to a report from the European Union which blasted its rights record and warned it could lose tariff-free access to the bloc.
Speaking to RFA’s Khmer Service after the attack, Tep Chansokheya, a 51-year-old widow and mother of two, said she had been speaking with another resident of the area near the O'Russey III commune office on Friday morning when she was set upon by two men, who immediately escaped on a motorbike after beating her and knocking her out.
“I was standing with a neighbor for about two minutes, when suddenly an unidentified man hit me on the back of my head,” she said.
“I saw the person—he was wearing a black safety mask and an all-black uniform, and he appeared to be 40-45 years old.”
Tep Chansokheya said she filed a complaint with the commune police station immediately after the attack, but officers waited until later in the day to interview her and issue a report.
“I think this stems from a political issue, not a personal conflict, because I … never have had an argument with anyone,” she said.
“[Prime Minister HE’s government] robbed me of my elected position and they must find justice for me.”
According to Tep Chansokheya, she asked authorities to review camera footage from a neighbor’s home to try to identify her assailants, “but my request was rejected.”
O’Russey III commune police chief Nhem Amrin told RFA that authorities began an investigation to find the suspects in the attack immediately after receiving a complaint from Tep Chansokheya, but had yet to find any clues.
“The authorities are looking for the perpetrators, but haven’t found them yet,” he said.
“We are trying to locate a camera in the area to review footage of the incident, but the ones we have found did not capture what happened. If you want to know more, please speak with my boss because he knows the case clearly,” he added, referring to 7 Makara district deputy police chief Kreth Sekherin.
Kreth Sekherin declined to comment when contacted by RFA.
National Police Commissariat spokesman Chhay Kimkhoeun told RFA that authorities will take action according to the law when members of the public are targeted by violence, regardless of their political affiliation.
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambod ... 63559.html
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In honour of Human Rights day: The beatings will continue until morale improves.
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That would be the same ngos and human rights watch dogs that have been reporting on the situation in Palestine for the last 50 years.
Like the spoilt child she is, she will not be happy till she destroys herself from within and breaks your heart.
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