Mother Nature Cambodia has consistently drawn attention to the destruction of Cambodia’s natural environment and exploitation of its resources by the country’s rich elite. Their struggle for greener policies landed some of their activists in jail. Now, in limbo, they wait for justice.
They are a thorn in the side of influential business interests and corrupt government officials who have many times targeted Cambodian activists for their resistance against ruinous development projects. What lies ahead for them?
“We were imprisoned for 10 months, now all six of us have been released on bail but we are not free,” said Long Kunthea, a 23-year-old activist of the disbanded non-governmental organisation Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC), in an interview to Fair Planet. “We are still subject to judicial supervision, which limits our freedom.”