Cambodia sentencing of autistic teen is ‘shameful nadir’: UN experts

UN rights experts on Tuesday condemned as a “shameful nadir” Cambodia’s sentencing of an autistic teenager to eight months in prison for sending Telegram messages that were deemed insulting to the government.

The son of an opposition figure, 16-year-old Kak Sovann Chhay was arrested in late June after posting messages on a private Telegram group, and has been detained for more than four months.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday sentenced him to eight months in prison, under incitement charges and for insulting public officials.

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