The main rival to Cambodian PM faces arrest warrant – Will the EU take a stand on this?

What happened?

A Cambodian court issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy over an old defamation sentence which he never served, in a new surge of political tension in the Kingdom. (France24)

The arrest warrant came less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened and insulted the opposition leader, (Phnom Penh Post)

Why the arrest warrant?

Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition, said in 2011 that the country’s Foreign Minister served as a Khmer Rouge member.  Currently in self-exile, he came back to Cambodia for the national election in 2013 after a royal pardon.

Who is the current Cambodian Prime Minister?

Hun Sen is widely viewed as a dictator who has assumed authoritarian power in Cambodia using violence, intimidation and corruption to maintain his power base. He has served as Cambodia’s premier for more than 25 years, making him the longest serving head of government of Cambodia and one of the longest serving leaders in the world.

The EU’s role

Since Myanmar’s political situation has recently been changing towards democracy also thanks to the West’s support to Aung San Suu Kyi, will the EU’s Foreign Affairs High representative Federica Mogherini take a stand in this country political situation?