At 16th anniversary, unions criticize stalled investigation into labor leader Chea Vichea’s murder

Unions on Wednesday criticized the lack of action by a governmental committee set up in 2017 in part to investigate the murder of labor leader Chea Vichea, as gathered unionists and rights workers marked 16 years since his death.

Vichea, president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was killed on Jan. 22, 2004 near Phnom Penh’s Wat Langka padoga while buying a morning newspaper.

Two men were arrested for the murder, but were later acquitted as Vichea’s family and human rights groups campaigned for an independent investigation into the murder amid allegations of irregularities.

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