Cambodian trade unionist jailed for ‘disturbing social stability’

Rong Chhun was charged after issuing a statement that Cambodia was ceding border territory to Vietnam.

A court in Cambodia has sentenced trade unionist Rong Chhun to two years in jail on charges of incitement to disturb social stability.

Chhun, the outspoken president of the independent Cambodian Confederation of Unions, had been charged after he issued a statement claiming that Cambodia was ceding border territory to Vietnam, a potentially explosive issue in this country.

He was also fined about US$100,000 in damages and sentenced alongside Sar Kanika and Ton Nimol, who, Rong Chhun claimed, were not political activists but a market vendor and a tuk-tuk driver who were caught up in protests.

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