Four Convicted Union Leaders Call for New Independent Investigation Into Deadly 2014 Crackdown

Phnom Penh – Four Cambodian union leaders who were convicted over their alleged involvement in organizing garment worker strikes that led to the deaths of at least five people in early 2014 have called for an independent inquiry into the use of force against protesters.

The group each received suspended sentences of two and a half years for their participation.

“This case has not ended yet, meaning we were found guilty although we didn’t do anything wrong. I haven’t seen any specific report from other investigations that were conducted by the government. The ILO [International Labor Organization] also called on the government to present reports talking about the crackdown during that time,” Ath Thorn, president of the Cambodia Labor Confederation (CLC), told VOA last week.

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