Sending Office: Honorable Alan S. Lowenthal
Sent By:
Ngoc.Nguyen@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

COSPONSOR BIPARTISAN, BICAMERAL RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND RULE OF LAW IN CAMBODIA

COSPONSORS: Lowenthal, Chabot, Royce, Engel, Yoho, Sherman, Lofgren, Tsongas, Rohrabacher, Ros-Lehtinen, Marino, Wagner, McGovern, Castro, Perry, DeFazio, Barragan, Heck, Correa, Polis, Connolly

Dear Colleague,

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Cambodia, we invite you to join us as cosponsors of H.Res.661, a bipartisan resolution calling for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in Cambodia.

Cambodia has been controlled by the same Prime Minister, Hun Sen, for over 30 years.  In preparation for Cambodia’s 2018 election, Hun Sen has waged an extensive crackdown on his opposition.  He initially shut down civil society organizations and independent
media outlets including The Cambodia Daily, Voice of America, and Radio Free Asia. He also arrested Kem Sokha, the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodia’s primary opposition party. Following the arrest, Hun Sen dissolved the CNRP and
stripped its MPs of office.

These actions follow Hun Sen’s efforts to rig Cambodia’s 2014 election and his campaign of voter intimidation before the 2017 elections. Unfortunately, these recent actions are part of a pattern of repression that stretches over his entire three-decade rule.

Cambodia will hold elections in spring 2018. Unless Hun Sen immediately reverses course, we believe that these elections will be neither free nor fair. We urge you to cosponsor this resolution to demonstrate that the United States supports an environment
that respects political opposition, human rights, and the rule of law.  All of these are necessary preconditions to holding elections that can be considered free and fair. This resolution condemns forms of political violence, urges for the unconditional release
of CNRP President Kem Sokha, and calls for free, fair, and monitored 2018 elections

 

This is a companion resolution to S.Res.279 which was introduced by Senators McCain and Durbin and which recently passed in the Senate.

If you would like to cosponsor or receive more information on the resolution, please contact Ngoc Nguyen with Rep. Lowenthal at ngoc.nguyen@mail.house.gov or Mark Erste with Rep. Chabot at mark.erste@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Alan Lowenthal                                                                                                              Steve Chabot

Member of Congress                                                                                                     Member of Congress

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