With the month-long campaign period set to begin Thursday, Ratanakkiri governor Pao Horm Phan has issued a directive calling for all provincial authorities and ordinary citizens to cease attending meetings and workshops organized by NGOs until the national election has been held on July 28. The letter, dated June 13, was sent to officials at all levels of provincial government and has drawn criticism from a human rights advocate in the province who said that the decision was meant to avoid discussions be*tween villagers and local authorities about contentious issues such as land grabbing. “During the period described
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