In mid-2019, the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights monitored the criminal trial of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Yeang Sothearin and Uon Chhin in Cambodia as part of the Clooney Foundation for Justice’s TrialWatch initiative. The process was marred by serious fair trial violations and constituted a violation of the defendants’ right to freedom of expression. The court ultimately reopened the investigation instead of reaching a verdict. Due to the severe ramifications for the defendants and in anticipation of the defendants’ appeal, the Center is releasing this report now as opposed to awaiting final disposition of the case, which could be years away.
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