Union leader Rong Chhun sentenced to two years over border comments

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

Union leader Rong Chhun was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison on incitement charges on Wednesday for comments he made suggesting that a community along the Vietnam border had lost land during the frontier’s demarcation. Activists Sar Kanika and Ton Nimol were both sentenced to 20 months in prison on charges of incitement to cause social disorder for having publicly called for the imprisoned unionist’s release.