Mike Godwin is an American lawyer working on Internet freedom and Internet laws and policy for over two decades in various parts of the world, including Cambodia.
One of Sokha’s lawyers said they had decided to walk out of the courtroom after the judge rejected a request to delay proceedings until Sokha could attend.
Kem Sokha was arrested on September 3 and later charged with treason-related offenses for allegedly conspiring with a foreign power to overthrow the government in a “color revolution”.
The International Justice Mission study of 260 fishermen from Myanmar and Cambodia found 38 percent were clearly trafficked and another 49 percent possibly trafficked.
Last week, the group circulated Taiwanese trade figures that showed imports of silica sand dwarfed Cambodia’s recorded exports by $30 million.
Findings prompt calls for stronger labor rights, improved governance of migrants, action to address root causes of debt bondage and better victim identification.
Radio Free Asia last week announced the closure of its news bureau in Cambodia after 20 years of operation.
Diplomatic efforts have so far failed to halt the county's descent into authoritarianism ahead of elections next year.
For many, the closure of the paper after almost 25 years was heartbreaking and marked a dramatic attack on freedom of the press.
In a separate statement, Amnesty International said the government must immediately end its “escalating assault” on the opposition.
VOA’s Sok Khemara spoke to Congressman Alan Lowenthal about where Cambodia is heading in the run up to next year’s election.
The CNRP in a statement on Sunday called for Sokha’s immediate release and condemned the arrest of a lawmaker in violation of his constitutional immunity.