Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen with Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in 2014

As Cambodia slides further towards absolute authoritarianism, today marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Cambodia’s leading pro-democracy activist, Dr Kem Ley. His murder, in broad daylight, appeared to have been intended to silence dissent in a country that had once been hailed as an example of the international community’s ability to bring peace and democracy to a war-torn country.