Prey Lang activist trialled for ‘attempted murder’ after reporting forest crimes

A homemade truck carrying timber found by the Prey Lang Community Network during a patrol in 2020. Supplied

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.

CSOs continue digital campaign calling for release of human right defenders

CSOs posted images of unionist Rong Chhun image on social media during the sixth week of a campaign calling for the release of imprisoned human right defenders.

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.

Svay Rieng provincial authorities place canal land dispute protestors in COVID-19 quarantine

Villagers protesting on August 2 on farmland within the disputed boundary of a Svay Rieng canal restoration project. This week, 60 families connected to the protest were placed in quarantine after two villagers tested positive for COVID-19. Supplied photo.

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.

Cambodian Foreign Minister insists non-interference, in the name of human rights

Relatives of imprisoned CNRP members are surrounded by authorities during a protest near the Municipal Court of Phnom Penh, Picture taken on February 18, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.

Youth activists deny incitement charge after protesting unionist’s arrest

Chhoeun Daravy an activist with youth group Khmer Thavrak arrives at Phnom Penh Municipal Court for her hearing on July 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.