Statement of the spokesperson of Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on 4 September 2017

“The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany was very concerned to learn of the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha despite his parliamentary immunity in Cambodia.

The recent events in Cambodia, constraints on civil society organisations, steps taken against the media as well as this arrest signify a massive restriction of freedom of speech and thus the democratic process in the country.

Without a credible opposition, democratic control, free media and an active civil society, the upcoming election to the National Assembly in July 2018 loses credence.

The Federal Government is thus asking for an immediate release.”