Cambodian Government 6

There is a sustained and aggressive movement against all political opposition–actually, against ANY opposition–by the ruling CPP political party.  Typically the prime minister will make some unfounded, unproven charges in a rambling two-to-three hour speech (e.g., at a school graduation!) and tell his government to go after someone or some group.  The legislature will then pass a law to comply with the prime minister’s wishes.  Or the government will act without a law, as in the case of the headline above.  (He doesn’t like to be called a dictator, but isn’t that how dictators act?)

In this situation, an Australian man was arrested for using a drone to film an opposition party march.  What law does that violate?  Supposedly he was feeding information to the exiled head of the opposition party who is in exile in France to avoid trumped up charges for other offenses.

A legal rights NGO, trying to figure out why he was charged, says that the closest applicable law applies to filming “at a military base, government headquarters or the Royal Palace.”  The incident in question took place outside a hotel.