Striking NagaWorld casino workers released in Cambodia

UN rights commissioner warns against using the pandemic as a pretext to detain strikers.

About 200 striking Cambodian casino workers have been released from detention after a violent crackdown and stinging rebukes from the United Nations and the United States, prompting Cambodian authorities to announce a high-level meeting aimed at resolving the three-month dispute.

Workers were initially detained for violating Covid-19 protocols and were ferried to quarantine facilities against their will where they refused to submit to tests without an official order.

The dispute with billionaire casino owner Chen Lip Keong has emerged as a major human rights issue in Cambodia, where a crackdown on dissent has persisted since 2017 in response to long-running anti-government street demonstrations.

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