Last year’s disputed national election was the tipping point after which Cambodia “became engulfed in a human rights crisis,” according to a report by Human Rights Watch released Tuesday. The human rights situation in Cambodia deteriorated in the wake of the July 28 election, which saw the government violently suppress attempts by dissatisfied citizens to take their concerns to the streets, the Cambodia chapter in Rights Watch’s 2014 World Report said. “Large-scale demonstrations ensued amidst credible allegations that electoral irregularities and CPP control over election bodies affected the final outcome,” the report says, referring to a disputed outcome
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