Cambodia

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#46
17

Communities at risk

Cham, Vietnamese, indigenous hill tribes (Khmer Leou)

Summary

Cambodia is experiencing a steady descent into authoritarian rule and a plummeting human rights situation. While a measure of repression and electoral manipulations are nothing new, Hun Sen, the leader of the Cambodian People’s Party (CCP), dissolved the main opposition party in 2017, ushering in oneparty rule when it won every seat in a rigged… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2020 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflictsNo data
Major armed conflictNo data
Prior genocide / politicide1
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0008
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance6.0
Rise of factionalized elites8.6
Voice and Accountability-1.221
Political Stability0.108
Rule of Law-1.115
OECD country risk classification6
TOTAL10.42

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Cambodia is experiencing a steady descent into authoritarian rule and a plummeting human rights
situation. While a measure of repression and electoral manipulations are nothing new, Hun Sen, the leader of the Cambodian People’s Party (CCP), dissolved the main opposition party in 2017, ushering in oneparty rule when it won every seat in a rigged election the following year. This momentum has carried into an ongoing crackdown on what remains of public dissent towards the CCP, including by imprisoning opposition activists and politicians while suffocating independent media. A series of new repressive laws and amendments to existing laws were passed in 2019
to curtail freedom of expression, assembly and association. The COVID-19 crisis has been used as a
pretext to target remaining critics: an April 2020 state of emergency law grants the government a freer hand by conflating criticism of the regime’s laissez-faire COVID-19 response with threats to political stability and public order.