R’kiri environmental activist imprisoned for allegedly clearing forest land

Environmental activist Chhorn Phalla, who was sent to pre-trial detention on Monday, speaks at a press conference in Phnom Penh on July 16, 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Environmental activist Chhorn Phalla was arrested and placed in pretrial detention in Ratanakiri province on Monday on charges of clearing state forest land dating back to 2020. Phalla had returned to the province in February after being allegedly attacked and beaten at a public forum in July last year.

Environmental activists charged with plotting and insulting the king

The three Mother Nature activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning, June 19, 2021. CamboJA/Panha Chhorpoan

Three environmental activists have been sent to pre-trial detention on charges of plotting and insulting the king by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The co-founder of environmental group Mother Nature has also been charged in absentia.