Environmental activist lodges complaint over alleged beating, intimidation

An environmental activist in Ratanakkiri province filed a lawsuit on July 20 against six local officials and 10 villagers for allegedly committing acts of violence against him, intimidating him to withdraw a complaint and threatening his life.

The lawsuit has come after activist Chhorn Phalla, 41, was allegedly beaten at a public forum on July 8 in Lumphat district’s Seda commune where he raised the issue of local authorities colluding to clear and sell off community forest land in the area in 2017.

Phalla fled Samoutkroam village with his family last week due to persecution, but authorities have denied the allegations of intimidation and beatings.

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