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Rights Group Blasts Temple Travel Ban

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights accused members of the ruling party in the National Assembly and the government of abuse of the freedoms of opposition parliamentarians, following a travel ban to Preah Vihear temple of Human Rights Party officials last week.

On Jan. 3, military officials in Preah Vihear province prevented Human Rights Party President Kem Sokha and two other parliamentarians from bringing donations to soldiers stationed along the border in a long-running standoff with Thailand.

The gifts, which included kramas, canned fish, fish sauce, bottled water and money, had been donated by party supporters in the US.

The Center, which was once led by Kem Sokha, issued a statement Monday claiming the travel ban exemplified a disrespectful attitude exhibited by the Cambodian People’s Party and its parliamentarians toward other lawmakers following its landslide win in 2008’s national election.