Police Who Protested Claim Job Discrimination

Twenty-six intervention police officers who went on strike for two weeks late last year to protest salary cuts and strict time requirements have been passed over for promotion.

Officer Chea Sothun said 200 in­ter­vention officers were promoted Monday but those most active in the strike were not. “I think they are discriminating against us be­cause we went on strike,” Chea So­thun said Thursday. “We are very sad because we have done our best to do our work.”

Fellow officer Nov Sara blamed the unit’s deputy chief, Touch Yean, for not including the officers who went on strike with those who were to be promoted. “Touch Yean did not register our names to be promoted be­cause we held a strike against him,” he said.

Touch Yean, whom an officer al­leged had ordered him beaten during the strike last year, refused to comment Thursday.

Chea Sothun said the officers had filed a complaint to the Minis­try of Interior, which demoted Touch Yean on Feb 2 after an in­vestigation into the alleged beating. Cambodian Center for Hu­man Rights investigator Chun So­cheat confirmed Touch Yean’s de­motion and said he would ask the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to charge the deputy chief for injuring and illegally detaining the officer.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak could not be reached for comment.

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