The Pailin provincial court is questioning a man allegedly responsible for bringing 47 Cambodian migrant workers, including minors, to work in Thailand illegally. The workers were arrested by Thai authorities on Saturday morning while reportedly crossing through an unofficial checkpoint along the border.
In April, 18-year-old Sophoth illegally crossed the Thai-Cambodian border to work at a factory. In July, he was arrested and sent back through a legal border checkpoint. His journey mirrors that of many Cambodian workers who continue to cross into Thailand each month despite the coronavirus-related border closures, in the hopes of earning a living wage.
The newly appointed president of rights group Adhoc urged the government to release all prisoners of conscience before the 2022 commune election as a step to ensuring a more democratic society.
About 50 villagers involved in an ongoing land dispute gathered at the Ministry of Justice on Monday asking for intervention after three of their representatives were arrested and charged with incitement for occupying private land in Kandal province.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has finished the trial of activists who took part in an October 23 protest outside the Chinese embassy calling for the Cambodian government to respect the Paris Peace Agreements and oppose a Chinese military presence.