Activists released from prison will continue to advocate for human rights

Former CNRP activists Chum Puthy and Chhour Pheng sit at Angkor Metrey pagoda after their release from Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, November 5, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Five activists who were convicted with incitement and released from prison on Friday pledged that they would continue to advocate for human rights and democracy in line with the law. Although three more environmental activists already convicted in May had their sentences reduced and were also ordered to be released today, their families say they remain in prison.

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.

Two jailed activists reportedly beaten in prison, official denies charge

Jailed Khmer Thavrak activist Eng Malai, above, alleged that she was beaten by other Prey Sar prisoners in early December for conducting a hunger strike.

Two jailed Khmer Thavrak activists were allegedly beaten in Prey Sar’s Correctional Center 2 in early December, according to a relative of one of the activists, an accusation denied by the Prisons Department.