Cambodia accused of escalating violence in NagaWorld dispute

NGO says journalists threatened, women sexually assaulted amid worsening crackdown on strikers.

Cambodian authorities have alarmingly escalated the use of violence and mass detention of union members in front of NagaWorld casino in recent weeks and increased restrictions on human rights monitors and journalists, a leading NGO said today.

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) also urged the government to de-escalate a “worsening crackdown” and stop the repeated intimidation of strikers, including driving them to various areas far from the city center and leaving them stranded there late at night.

“We are concerned by recent actions from authorities prohibiting human rights monitors and journalists from observing the continued use of violence against peaceful strikers, most of whom are women,” the CCHR said.

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