Washington, D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) issued the following statement on reports that the Cambodian government is cracking down on nongovernmental organizations:

“From bogus convictions of opposition leaders to disturbing human rights violations, we have seen an alarming degradation of democracy in Cambodia in recent years. And now the thuggish regime is turning its sights on the few remaining independent press outlets and on organizations that promote democratic values. The U.S. must stand with the people of Cambodia against their government’s slide toward dictatorship. Cambodians deserve better.”