House passes bill to sanction Cambodian Dictator Hun Sen and his regime
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), Lead Republican for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, released the following statement after the passage of his bipartisan bill, the Cambodia Democracy Act -H.R. 526:
“Today, the House passed the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019, which I introduced in April. This important bi-partisan legislation will apply asset blocking sanctions on government, military or security officials who have undermined democracy in Cambodia or committed related human rights issues.
“Hun Sen, Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister, has clung to power for decades, and has no intentions of relinquishing power. His regime has used violence, threats, and sham prosecutions to attack the peaceful opposition. In 2017, the regime-controlled Parliament and Supreme Court dismantled the Cambodia National Rescue Party and banned its elected officials from office, eliminating the country’s only viable opposition party.
“The Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019 will push back against the Hun Sen regime’s undermining of democracy and related human rights abuses by applying financial sanctions to the figures who carry out this despicable agenda and codifying the Administration’s existing visa restrictions for these individuals.
“I look forward to the bi-partisan legislation being sent to the Senate and eventually becoming law. It is time to hold the Hun Sen regime accountable for their actions.”