Cambodia jails environmental activists for ‘incitement’

Human rights watchdog CIVICUS demands the immediate release of the Mother Nature Cambodia campaigners.

Three environmental activists have been jailed for 18-20 months and fined for incitement amid demands for their release and warnings their convictions highlighted a “rapid deterioration” of human rights in Cambodia.

Global civil society alliance CIVICUS said the international community “must not remain silent at this injustice” following the convictions of Phuon Keoreaksmey, Long Kunthea and Thun Ratha from Mother Nature Cambodia on May 5.

“The authorities have in recent years devoted ever more time and energy to weaken and dismantle the human rights movement in Cambodia,” said Josef Benedict, CIVICUS Asia researcher.

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