Cambodia Arrests Outspoken Union Leader Over Claims Government Ceded Land to Vietnam

Authorities in Cambodia arrested outspoken union chief Rong Chhun from his home in Phnom Penh on Friday in connection with a statement he made claiming that the country had ceded land to Vietnam along their shared border, according to officials.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions and a member of the Cambodia Watchdog Council, was taken into custody on charges of “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest” under Article 495 of Cambodia’s Penal Code, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chhin Malin told RFA’s Khmer Service, confirming an earlier report by government-aligned Fresh News.

Fresh News had quoted Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesperson Kuch Kimlong as saying Rong Chhun had been arrested “for allegedly distorting news on [the] border issue,” adding that he had committed a crime “in flagrante delicto,” or was caught in the act.

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