Ratanakkiri officials face scrutiny for allegedly threatening activists

A local civil society group called on the Justice Ministry to investigate authorities in Ratanakkiri province for allegedly intimidating environmental activists to withdraw their complaint against corrupt officials related to the destruction of a community forest.

The request comes after an environmental activist was allegedly beaten up at a public forum held on July 8 in Lumphat district’s Seda commune after he raised the issue of local authorities colluding to clear and sell off community forestland in 2017.

Activist Chhorn Phalla, 41, fled Samutkroam village with his family this week due to persecution, but authorities have denied the allegations of intimidation and beatings.

In full: https://cambojanews.com/ratanakkiri-officials-face-scrutiny-for-allegedly-threatening-activists/

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