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.

Government says activists have no right to ‘interfere’ in border affairs

A government spokesman has said that nongovernmental organizations and activists have no right to interfere in the nation’s border affairs after union leader Rong Chhun’s arrest on July 31 led to calls from civil society groups and his supporters that he be freed.

Police warn Rong Chhun’s supporters to cease protests

Phnom Penh Municipal police warned a group of Rong Chhun’s supporters on August 3 that they would face legal action if they continued to protest to demand the release of the union leader, who was charged days before for distorting information regarding the country’s border.

Rong Chhun charged with incitement over border comments

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged outspoken union leader Rong Chhun for incitement to commit a felony over comments he made about demarcation border posts between Cambodia and Vietnam, which the government has said is disinformation.