Their trial finished, Mother Nature activists await sentence in incitement case

Environmental activists from advocacy group Mother Nature arrive at Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their hearing, April 8, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

On Thursday, a Phnom Penh court officially concluded the trial of three environmental activists charged last year with incitement after protesting the filling of Boeng Tamok lake.

Trial begins against Mother Nature activists

Three Mother Nature activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their hearing, March 31, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court began hearings Wednesdayin the trial against three environmental activists charged with incitement after sharing information about a planned one-person protest over the by the filling in of Boeng Tamok lake.

Rights groups worried about Bokor city demarcation, land clearings

Screenshots from the Mother Nature video reveal large tracts of land cleared within the Bokor National Park in Kampot province.

The government has created a new Bokor city within the Preah Monivong Bokor National Park, which is the location of local tycoon Sok Kong’s mega-development projects, resulting in an outcry from environmental rights groups.

Three Mother Nature activists charged with incitement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged three environmental activists with incitement to disturb social security on September 6, a move civil society groups have said is meant as a threat to others who dare to criticize the government.

Three Mother Nature activists detained over social media post

Three environmental activists from the NGO Mother Nature were detained for questioning on September 3 over posts they made on social media saying they planned to march to the prime minister’s house to raise awareness on environmental issues caused by the filling in of Boeng Tamok lake.