Cambodia charges environmentalists with insulting king

Advocacy group Mother Nature activists Sun Ratha, Ly Chandaravuth and Yim Leanghy were arrested last week for documenting waste discharge into a city river.

A Cambodian court charged four environmental activists with insulting the country’s king and conspiracy to plotting, officials said Monday.

Cambodia’s use of royal defamation laws, more commonly used in Thailand, is a relatively new phenomenon. The legislation was only enacted in 2018.
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Authorities arrested Sun Ratha, Ly Chandaravuth and Yim Leanghy, of the advocacy group Mother Nature, on Wednesday after they documented the draining of waste into Phnom Penh’s Tonle Sap river, the group said.

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