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Cambodia parliament adopts lese-majeste law, prompting rights concerns

Parliament under Cambodia's authoritarian regime unanimously adopted a law that forbids insulting the monarchy.

(Reuters) - Cambodia’s parliament on Wednesday unanimously adopted a law that forbids insulting the monarchy as rights groups expressed concern the legislation, in effect in neighboring Thailand, could be used against critics of the government.

The lese-majeste law stipulates that a prosecutor can file a criminal suit on behalf of the monarchy against anyone deemed to be insulting the royal family.

Those found guilty would face between one and five years in prison and a fine of between $500 and $2,500.

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