Ahead of today’s appeal hearing in the case of Rath Rott Mony – a Cambodian ‘fixer’ and translator jailed for his work on a documentary exposing sexual exploitation of children in Cambodia for Russian news network RT – Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia, said:
“These are bogus charges. The court must quash the conviction. It is painfully obvious that the authorities want to make an example of Mony and intimidate anyone else who seeks to uncover human rights violations in Cambodia.
“As a prisoner of conscience, we call for Mony’s immediate and unconditional release.
“Mony helped expose Cambodia’s sexual exploitation crisis and is also an outspoken trade unionist. Jail is affecting his health and his family have been forced into hiding. The authorities should end their ordeal and focus on the country’s human rights problems.”