In this special episode, James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon discuss upcoming parliamentary elections in Australia and the European Union, as well as India’s six-week-long election, which is drawing to a close.
The African National Congress, which has governed since the end of apartheid, won again in May’s national election. But a growing opposition will watch to see whether it can revive the economy and curb corruption.
Panelists discuss the use of imprisonment and torture as political tools of authoritarian regimes, including their experiences with political imprisonment in Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Syria, and their perspectives on the mass incarceration and mistreatment of dissidents in those countries. The panel also addresses the challenges of formulating effective responses to these violations as populations seek political freedoms and democratic reforms.
Mu Sochua is the deputy leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), and one of Cambodia's most prominent women in politics. This past week, a Cambodian court issued treason arrest warrants for eight leading members of the CNRP in exile, including Sochua.