Cambodian Activist Urges Authorities to Free Son, Villagers Detained Amid Land Dispute

An activist from northern Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province on Monday urged authorities to release his son and other villagers who were detained amid an ongoing land dispute with an agro-industrial company.

On Jan. 20, soldiers from Battalion 261 of Army Command Intervention Division 2 of the Cambodian armed forces arrested Sum Moeun, 54, and his son, Moeun Mean, 26, in Chaom Ksan district’s Yeang commune for “illegally clearing state forest land” and detained them in the nearby Kulen Promtep Wildlife Sanctuary Headquarters.

The two men were reportedly subjected to harassment and physical attacks during their detention.

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