NagaWorld Union Leader Arrest Condemned by US Government

The US State Department has called for the release of Cambodian trade union leader Chhim Sithar.

Sithar was arrested at Phnom Penh International Airport on November 26 after returning from a labor conference in Australia. She is the president of the Labor Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU) which has been embroiled in a year-long dispute over workers’ rights with Cambodia’s largest casino, NagaWorld.

She faces up to two years in prison if convicted on charges of incitement to commit felony by disturbing the social order.

“We urge Cambodian authorities to release Chhim Sithar and all detained trade unionists exercising their rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly, drop charges against them, and move to constructively resolve their disputes,” the department said in a statement.

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