Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sam Rainsy

Question on Today's Order Paper:

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that the European Union makes representations to the government of Cambodia about the convictions and prison sentences passed on the leader of the opposition, Sam Rainsy, and two Members of Parliament belonging to his party.

Monday evening Sam Rainsy came to see us in the Lords, to give us a summary of the latest developments in Hun Sen's longrunning persecution of him and his party. He was convicted in absentia on trumped-up charges and sentenced to two years in prison, and two MPs of his Party have been imprisoned, so for the time being he has to stay in exile. Last time there was a similar episode, he was given a royal pardon in response to representations from all round the world, so we need to generate a new campaign.

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