Cambodia condemned after union leader jailed over casino strike

Chhim Sithar was found guilty of ‘incitement’ over strikes that began in 2021 when NagaWorld fired more than 1,300 staff.

A Cambodian court has jailed a prominent union leader for two years after she and other union members were found guilty of “incitement” over a strike at the country’s only casino, in a decision condemned by human rights groups and trade unionists.

A Phnom Penh court on Thursday found Chhim Sithar, leader of the Labour Rights Supported Union (LRSU) of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld, and eight other current or former union members guilty of “incitement to commit a felony or disturb social security”.

Sithar, who was arrested during a protest at the Nagaworld casino complex in January 2022, was taken to prison while the other defendants were given suspended sentences or terms of judicial supervision.

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