MEDIA ALERT: Cambodia on the Brink – ANU special forum

The Australian National University (ANU) will hold a special forum on Friday on the upcoming elections in Cambodia, featuring experts from Australia and the region as well as ANU Chancellor and former Foreign Minister Gareth Evans, who developed the peace plan for Cambodia.

The forum will bring together scholars and civil society to discuss the effects of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s crackdown on political freedoms ahead of his visit to Australia later this month for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

National elections in Cambodia are four months away and already there has been a crackdown on political freedom, an increase in politically motivated prosecutions, and the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Expert speakers include Dr Nicholas Farrelly and Dr Rebecca Gidley of the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia and the Pacific, Cambodian politician Mu Sochua from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, Elaine Pearson of Human Rights Watch Australia, and political analyst Dr Lao Mong Hay.

Media are invited to the forum Cambodia on the brink: towards the 2018 elections on Friday 9 March at University House. A full program is available at

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/cap-events/2018-03-09/cambodia-brink-towards-2018-elections

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WHO: ANU Chancellor Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Dr Nicholas Farrelly and Dr Rebecca Gidley of the ANU Coral Bell School.

WHAT: Special forum: Cambodia on the Brink.

WHERE:  Common Room, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, ANU

WHEN: 8.30 am – 3.30 pm, Friday 9 March 2018.

For media assistance, the ANU Media Team on +61 2 6125 7979 or at <media@anu.edu.au>.

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