UN experts condemn conviction of union leader Rong Chhun

Union leader Rong Chhun joining a demonstration with Violet Apparel factory workers in Phnom Penh on July 28, 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

UN human rights experts criticized Cambodian authorities over the conviction of union leader Rong Chhun, who was sentenced to two years in prison last week over comments he made about border demarcation. Two other activists were handed 20 month sentences for later holding a peaceful demonstration calling for his release.

In closing arguments, defense argues insufficient evidence to convict Rong Chhun and two activists in border incitement case

Rong Chhun leaving the Supreme Court in November 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

In Friday’s closing arguments in the border incitement trials of prominent unionist Rong Chhun and activists Sar Kanika and Ton Nimol, the defense called for a full acquittal on the grounds of insufficient evidence.