Press release | July 10, 2016

Global Witness strongly condemns today's murder of a Cambodian political activist

Global Witness strongly condemns the murder of Kem Ley, a Cambodian political commentator and long-term critic of the government who was gunned down in the capital Phnom Penh this morning.

We are calling for a thorough and independent investigation into Ley’s murder that will ensure that the real perpetrators are brought to justice, not just the hitmen.

Cambodia has a long history of political, human rights and labour activists being killed, with murderers rarely brought to justice.

We are also calling on Cambodia’s international aid partners to condemn this killing in the strongest terms, and to support the call for an independent investigation.