In a measure that human rights monitors have blasted as extreme, Phnom Penh police have begun flogging people deemed to be violating the sweeping metropolitan lockdown order.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Kandal Provincial Court have temporarily suspended nearly all hearings during the lockdown, except for those related to violations of the lockdown order and the controversial new COVID-19 law. But rights monitors warned that the backlog in cases could lead to excessive pre-trial detention for many defendants.
Seven more former members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party have been permitted to reenter politics, according to a royal decree issued Sunday, in a move that one senior opposition official said was aimed at legitimizing future elections.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday afternoon called for stronger measures in Phnom Penh and Kandal’s Takhmao city, saying too many people had been violating a two-week lockdown that began Thursday.
Police have arrested three more people under a recently passed law the government says is intended to maintain public order during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.