Cambodian Activists Petition Japan, UN for Union Leader’s Release

Two separate groups of supporters of jailed Cambodian union leader Rong Chhun petitioned a UN office and the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh for their help in securing his release, ahead of his scheduled court appearance this week, the petitioners told RFA Monday.

Rong Chhun was officially charged with “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest” under Article 495 of Cambodia’s Penal Code and jailed at Prey Sar Prison in Phnom Penh on Aug 1, a day after his arrest for claiming the government has allowed Vietnam to encroach on farmland along their shared border. His arrest has prompted nearly daily protests.

Rong Chhun will appear in court Wednesday to appeal a previous ruling that denied his release on bail.

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