Cambodian Court Imprisons Prominent Union Leader for Border Comments

The case highlights the extreme nationalist sensitivities that continue to surround the issue of Vietnamese influence in Cambodia.

A Cambodian court has sentenced a prominent labor union leader and government critic to two years in prison for inciting social unrest, after he made comments about the country’s sensitive border with Vietnam.

Rong Chhun, the president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was arrested at his home in July 2020 after claiming that the demarcation of the border between Cambodia and Vietnam had stripped several farmers of their land.

The following day, Rong Chhun, who is also a member of the Cambodian Watchdog Council, a local civil society group, was charged with “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest.”

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