House Passes Yoho Bill to Punish Hun Sen’s Assault on Democracy
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House passed the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018 – HR 5754. This important bill, introduced by House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee Chairman Ted S. Yoho (R- FL), will apply new asset blocking sanctions on government, military, or security officials who have undermined democracy in Cambodia or committed related human rights abuses. Chairman Yoho gave the following statement:
“The Cambodian people are being cheated out of their right to have free and fair elections. Hun Sen, Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister, has tightened his grip on that country for decades and has no intention of relinquishing power. Hun Sen has decided that if he can no longer dominate the polls even in a rigged election system, he will retain control through force. His actions are a direct assault on democracy and the peaceful people of Cambodia.
“Hun Sen’s relentless and systematic consolidation of power means that his numerous abuses, which include, violence, threats, attacks against NGOs, and the shuttering of critical media outlets, will only continue. The Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018 will push back against the Hun Sen regime’s undermining of democracy and related human rights abuses by applying financial sanctions to the individuals who carry out this despicable agenda and codifying the Administration’s existing visa restrictions for these individuals.
“I am happy we were able to pass this important bill out of the House today just before Cambodia’s July 29th national elections.”