Housing Rights Activists Protest Slow Justice

Housing rights activists from the Borei Keila and Boeng Kak communities protested in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday to urge authorities to speed up proceedings in an assault case they brought against Prampi Makara district authorities last month.

The activists said that they had not heard from court officials since filing a complaint last week over district security guards who beat and kicked a pregnant activist at February 14 protest.

“We told them we hope that you will take action as soon as possible, and [a court clerk] told us that he will help to speed up the complaint in order to stop having people crying out for justice,” said Chay Kimhorn, a Borei Keila community representative.

“We accepted his words, but if he does not follow his promise we will come back to protest again,” she said.

Ms. Kimhorn added that such a protest would involve the petitioning of foreign embassies.

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