US urges release of Cambodian unionist, Khmer Bible editor

Australia says the arrest of NagaWorld protest leader Chhim Sithar 'is questionable'.

The United States has urged Cambodian authorities to immediately release the detained trade unionist Chhim Sithar, leader of the year-long NagaWorld casino strike, who was arrested at Phnom Penh airport on Nov. 26 after returning from abroad.

Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department, said Cambodian authorities had previously interfered with the exercise of workers’ rights by detaining union leaders and workers protesting the wrongful termination of NagaWorld employees.

“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,” he said.

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