Cambodia's border with Vietnam has also been a point of controversy. Early last month, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile; JURIST news archive] lost his final appeal in the Cambodian Supreme Court on charges [JURIST reports] of intentionally destroying posts marking the Cambodia-Vietnam border and inciting racial discrimination. The ruling was given in absentia because Rainsy has been in self-imposed exile since 2005. At the hearing, Rainsy's representative stated that this was a political issue, not a criminal one. Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] criticized the ruling [JURIST report] as demonstrating the government's control over the judiciary.
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