Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 16 – COMFREL, a non governmental organization that monitors the implementation of democracy and human rights in Cambodia, has held its online poll on Facebook to find out whether the arrest of Rong Chhun is legitimate.

The poll ran for a week long, starting at 12:55 p.m. on 9 August and ended at 12:55 p.m on 16 August 2020.

The poll asked Facebook users to express their opinions with two choices. Choice 1: "Arrest of Rong Chhun violates the law and rights" and Choice 2: "Arrest of Rong Chhun does not violate the law and rights".

At least 13,600 Facebook users participated in the poll. The result indicated that an absolute majority, over 10,000 people or 79 percent, voted to support the arrest of Rong Chhun.

The statement claimed that the arrest of Rong Chhun does not violate the law and rights, and that the arrest is legitimate.

Only about 3,000 people, 21 percent of the total voters, claimed Rong Chhun arrest violated the laws.

Rong Chhun was arrested on 31 July 2020 for distorting news on border issue. He committed an act of incitement to cause serious social unrest, a violation of Article 495 of the Cambodian Penal Code.

Funded by foreign organization, COMFREL has been known for opposing the government and actively supporting activities aimed at causing social unrest. As ironic as it may seem, COMFREL, which calls themselves neutral and impartial, decided to stop pinning the poll to the top of its Facebook page after seeing massive votes against its will.

Thanks to COMFREL online poll, we can learn that the vast majority of Cambodian people support the Royal Government of Cambodia's actions against Rong Chhun's wicked intention to cause unrest and instability in Cambodia.

The Cambodian public supported the government to take immediate actions against illegal acts. They highly value peace and stability, which are the prerequisites for the development and prosperity of Cambodia.