Cambodia Arrests Six for Incitement in Latest Crackdown on Freedom of Expression

NGOs and international community express concern over arrests.

Authorities in Cambodia over the weekend arrested six activists, including an ordained monk and a rapper, for protesting or singing songs about Cambodia’s border dispute with Vietnam, drawing criticism for a crackdown on freedom of expression.

The six were officially charged with “incitement to commit a felony and create a chaos in the society” under Articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code and were working for unregistered groups, Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior said in a statement released Sunday.

“Khmer Thavarak and the Mother Nature NGO have been working to incite people to provoke instability and social unrest by using social media and other means to disseminate information,” the ministry said, referring to the youth organization environmentalist group with which some of the activists are associated.

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