Hun Sen orders arrests of officers who beat land activists

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday ordered national military police commander Sao Sokha to find and arrest the people who beat five land activists in detention in Banteay Meanchey, leading to the death of one man on Jan 1.

According to the activists, Tuy Sros, 34, and four others were arrested on Dec. 28 while protesting in front of the provincial hall over a land dispute. They were allegedly beaten during their detention at the provincial military police headquarters. On Jan. 1, Sros died while being transported to a hospital.

Speaking on Tuesday evening at an annual gathering with journalists, Hun Sen said he had ordered the president of the governmental Human Rights Committee, Keo Remy, and Sokha to create a committee to investigate the death.

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