Sam Rainsy says the judgment shows “the truth” about Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.
NGOs say the Communist nation’s involvement undermines the democratic process.
Criticism has been silenced and the public’s faith in democracy is wavering, they say.
A judge rejects the appeal on the grounds that their case is ‘still under investigation.’
Time is running out on a 30-day deadline imposed by the Anti-Corruption Unit last week, the latest act of pressure on the banned CNRP.
NGO workers and others suspected of plotting against the ruling party meanwhile continue to flee the country.
They say stronger measures are needed to force an end to a crackdown on democracy.
They say he hopes to ‘incite’ the country’s garment workers against the government.
A CNRP official says the tactic is meant to ‘defuse international pressure’ amid a political crackdown.
He says he has no overseas assets to freeze and no intention of traveling to the US.
The CNRP president says he should be freed to help resolve the country’s ‘political crisis.’
At a hearing in Washington, they are warned that actions are needed to save Cambodian democracy.
Financial assistance to the organization is suspended because of the government’s breakup of the main opposition political party.
They demand the prime minister release jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha and reinstate the Cambodia National Rescue Party
But observers say it is highly unlikely that the ruling will be overturned by the pliant court.
The government says the move will not influence Cambodia’s internal affairs.
He says Cambodia is still a multi-party democracy, although he no longer faces political competition.
Meanwhile, villagers say they lack representation after CNRP officials are removed.
The 158 MPs say his continued detention risks throwing the legitimacy of upcoming elections into question.
They say workers will suffer if they lose jobs in the garment and footwear industry, the backbone of the country’s economy.