Breakfast Briefing: Hostile Takeover Cambodia

08:00-09:15 | 7 December | London

"We would be delighted if you could join us for a Breakfast Briefing on Wednesday 7th December to discuss our Cambodia campaign, our recent report Hostile Takeover and the use of open data as a tool to expose corruption and push for greater transparency.

The briefing will be led by Global Witness’ Senior Campaigner for Land and Cambodia, Josie Cohen, and Data Advisor, Sam Leon, who will discuss how their investigation and use of open source data exposed the economic dimensions of the Hun Sen regime in Cambodia, shedding light on a huge network of secret deal-making and nepotism that emanates from the Hun family and underpins the Cambodian economy.

Few prime ministers have served for as long as Cambodia’s Hun Sen, in power for 30 years. Even when democratically voted out he has refused to step down, and has systematically quashed political opposition including through the murder, torture and arbitrary imprisonment of his critics. Hun Sen’s family have been key to the longevity of his political career. They hold key posts across the state apparatus - in politics, the military, police, media, and charities - sectors that prop up the premier’s ruling party through propaganda, political donations or brute force.

Our new exposé, Hostile Takeover, reveals the economic dimensions of this regime, shedding light on a huge network of secret deal-making and nepotism that emanates from the Hun family and underpins the Cambodian economy.  

We show how Hun family members are amassing vast personal fortunes in Cambodia’s private sector, and wield significant control across most of its lucrative industries, with links to major international brands including Apple, Nokia, Visa, Procter & Gamble, Nestlé and Honda."