Since elections in 2013, civic space in Cambodia has become more repressive as respect for human rights continues to deteriorate. Recent legislation governing NGOs and trade unions compounds the situation by making it more difficult to register and operate a civil society organisation. People in Cambodia also face arbitrary restrictions on their right to freedom of expression, both through traditional media and online. Violence and the arbitrary detention of protestors continues as government grows intolerant of public demonstrations ahead of elections in 2018.