Open letter to Marise Payne: Will Australia let James Ricketson unjustly spend 6 years in Cambodian prison?

Dear Foreign Minister,

Human Rights Watch writes to urge you to press the Cambodian Government to quash the conviction and immediately release imprisoned Australian journalist and filmmaker James Ricketson.

We ask you to publicly denounce his trial and six-year sentence for what it is: farcical legal proceedings on bogus espionage charges.

The muted response thus far by the Australian Government to Ricketson’s conviction follows what had been more than a year of wholly ineffectual “quiet diplomacy” pursued by previous Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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