Prey Lang Community Network (PLCN) member Chan Thoeun was tried in absentia today on charges of attempted murder after reporting on the transportation of timber out of the protected Prey Lang forest.
In light of heightened targeting of human rights defenders and environmental activists, civil society groups have started an online campaign calling for the release of those who have been imprisoned while exercising their freedom of expression.
Sixty families connected to protests of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project have been placed in 14-day quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19, leading some locals to allege officials are using health measures to force a resolution of the land dispute.
Speaking at an ASEAN meeting Tuesday, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn called for both the comprehensive implementation of human rights and respect for each country’s sovereignty.
Four youth activists with the Khmer Thavrak and Khmer Student Intelligent League who were arrested last year and charged with incitement for protesting a unionist’s arrest maintained their innocence at a court hearing in Phnom Penh Tuesday as part of a sprawling case rights activists have called politically motivated.