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Justice Ministry Spokesperson Highlights Legal Aspects Related to a Potential Uprising Against the Government in 2023

PHNOM PENH: A Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice has called on the public, the armed forces, as well as all political parties, not to be swayed by Sam Rainsy’s recent call and incitement to join an uprising to overthrow the Royal Government in 2023.

According to a statement issued by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Justice on Monday, 17 October 2022, leaders and civil servants at all levels of the Ministry of Justice have strongly opposed and condemned the actions of Sam Rainsy.

The Ministry has also called on the public, the armed forces, and all political parties not to cheat and engage in illegal acts in order to avoid facing strict law enforcement.

The statement added that on Sunday, 16 October 2022, Sam Rainsy released a video clip appealing to the Cambodian people and the armed forces to rise up against the government, saying “There must be Change in Cambodia in 2023.”

The Ministry of Justice Spokesperson said he considers this as an act of incitement aiming to call on the people and all armed forces to join a movement to overthrow the Royal Government in 2023.

He raised two legal aspects in regard to this call. First, he said inciting and calling for participation in an uprising to overthrow the government will lead to the destruction of peace and stability, which is opposed to the aspirations of the Cambodian people and contrary to the principles of democracy, as well as the Constitution and laws in force.

The Ministry has stated that the perpetrator and all those involved in this ploy will face charges and strict punishment according to the criminal law of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

The second legal aspect the Spokesperson highlighted was that the activities of any political party that supports or participates in the implementation of Sam Rainsy’s plan to overthrow the Royal Government in 2023 will be in violation of the Law on Political Parties and the Law Amending the Law on Political Parties, hence, all who participate will be subject to strict punishment by the laws in force.


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