US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit over human rights abuses. The sanctions target General Hing Bun Hieng, a member of the prime minister’s close inner circle. The move comes after the U.S. State Department and Senate repeatedly warned that the punitive measures would be forthcoming if Cambodia did not reverse recent anti-democratic actions, such as the dissolution of the opposition and jailing of its leader, Kem Sokha. Any assets Hing Bun Hieng holds in the U.S. will be frozen while U.S. entities, including banks, will be banned from doing business with him, according to federal government regulations. “General Bun Hieng commanded a Cambodian unit that engaged in a series of human rights abuses and was personally implicated in attacks against a number of individuals, including a U.S. citizen,” said Sigal Mandelker, a Treasury official, in a statement issued Tuesday. ​Wat Phnom temple The statement cited a deadly 1997 grenade attack that injured a U.S. citizen, an attack at the Wat Phnom Buddhist temple in 2013 and the savage beating of two opposition lawmakers in 2015. The general, who is also a member of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s central committee and a deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, brushed off the sanctions Wednesday. “The United States doesn’t split the fish, but it splits the snail. I mean, I have no money. Anyone who has money, the U.S. should put pressure on. But it just puts pressure on me who has no money,” he said, chuckling. “I do not know what the U.S. thinking is. This is its right — and it is the powerful country — if it wants to pressure someone. For me, I don’t care. I would like to say thanks, too. And if... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses





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Published By: VOA NEWS - Thursday, 14 June, 2018



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