Cambodia urged to drop charges against union leader

Rong Chhun's arrest highlights the rapid deterioration of human rights in Cambodia, says CIVICUS.

Civil society groups are calling on Cambodian authorities to drop “politically motivated charges” brought against trade union leader Rong Chhun ahead of his next court appearance on Feb. 3.

“The international community must stand by these activists and call on the Cambodian authorities to halt their systematic campaign of weaponizing the courts to silence critical voices,” said Josef Benedict, a researcher with CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Chhun was charged with incitement under Article 495 of Cambodia’s Penal Code for allegedly spreading fake news after telling Radio Free Asia that Vietnamese soldiers had placed border posts 500 meters into Cambodian territory and expelled villagers from their land.

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