Cambodia urged to end ‘de facto ban’ on protests

Human Rights Watch says detained youth and environmental activists should be freed.

Human Rights Watch is urging Cambodian authorities to end a “de facto ban” on street protests and to unconditionally release environmental activists who were detained after taking part in peaceful protests calling for the release of a jailed trade unionist.

Deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said the Cambodian government should stop misusing penal code provisions on incitement to prevent peaceful critics from making public demands.

Protesters have claimed government bureaucrats were deliberately making it difficult for organizers to obtain the appropriate permits to stage peaceful demonstrations.

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