Friday, July 24, 1998 Published at 10:32 GMT 11:32 UK
Cambodia election violence condemned
Opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, on the campaign trail
The London based human rights group, Amnesty International, has condemned what it calls the widespread intimidation of opposition parties by Cambodia's security forces in the run-up to the country's general election on Sunday.
The group says it has uncovered clear evidence of intimidation and violence by the security forces during the election campaign.
The organisation has urged the international community and the 600 international officials monitoring the elections to condemn the abuses.
Observers say that the international community has been reluctant to criticise the election, unwilling to jeopardise the poll.
Five years ago, the United Nations poured more than a billion dollars into Cambodia to begin what it hoped would be a new era of peace and democracy.
If Sunday's elections fail, it would a be a huge embarassment for the country's international donors.
And the organisation insists that as long as the world stands by, Cambodia is in danger of remaining in the hands of an authoritarian leader with a dictatorial regime.
March for peace
As the election campaign came to a close, the Buddhists paraded into Phnom Penh, stopping the traffic as they prayed for peaceful polls.
"We want the election to go ahead without violence and people killing each other," said 21-year-old monk Nget Vanarith.
Election campaigning in Cambodia will draw to a close on Friday.