|Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leader, Sam Rainsy, |
returned to Cambodia Monday, after campaigning in Europe
to seek foreign intervention to Cambodia's election disputes.
Cambodia Herald photo
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leader, Sam Rainsy, returned to Cambodia Monday, after campaigning in Europe to seek foreign intervention to Cambodia's election disputes.
"I arrived in Cambodia at 9:10 am this morning," he posted on his Facebook page.
Rainsy returned home just a day before his party plans to gather supporters to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party plans to gather at least 15,000 supporters tomorrow at Freedom Park, and parade along the streets of Phnom Penh.
Both opposition leaders, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, will also lead a rally in Siem Reap province later on that day.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Interior had granted permission to the opposition party to gather no more than 10,000 participants at Freedom Park, and denied their request to march along the streets of Phnom Penh.
In a letter issued Sunday by Sar Kheng, Interior Minister, he had asked the opposition party to let 10 of their representatives present petitions to the National Assembly after their rally.
"We can not ban citizens from participating because it’s within their rights," Sam Rainsy told reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport.
"I myself don’t know how many people will participate in the rally, so we have to respect their rights," he said.
Rainsy also commented on the issue of authority intervention in the protests currently happening in Thailand, saying that Thai authorities didn’t use violence, and allowed its citizens to protest peacefully.
"We will also hold a peaceful protest, and we believe that both sides have to avoid violence," he said.
The letter issued by Sar Kheng, Interior Minister, also allowed communities, labor unions, and other organizations to mark International Human Rights Day by gathering in front of the Cambodian Development Council near Wat Phnom Penh.
Some 5,000 people from around 200 institutions, civil society organizations, non-government organizations, and other human rights groups plan to gather at Wat Phnom Penh to mark International Human Rights Day.
Phnom Penh City Hall along with 50 other civil society organizations also plan to mark Human Rights Day.