Cambodia charges activists with ‘plotting’ to oust government

Greta Thunberg joins in condemnation of arrests of three environmental campaigners.

Cambodia’s government is facing mounting condemnation after arresting and charging three young activists campaigning for better protection of the country’s environment.

Ly Chandaravuth, 22, Sun Ratha, 26, and Yim Leang Hy, 32 were this week remanded in pre-trial detention at Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison, which is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.

The trio, who belong to the group Mother Nature, face charges of conspiracy, known as “plotting” in the Cambodian criminal code. Ratha and Leang Hy have also been charged with lese-majeste, or insulting the king. They could face up to 10 years in prison under the charges.

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