Cambodian teen jailed for Telegram posts vows to fight on

An autistic teenager jailed for writing messages deemed insulting to the Cambodian government vowed to continue “to fight for patriots” after he was released from prison on Wednesday.

The son of a jailed opposition figure, 16-year-old Kak Sovann Chhay was arrested in late June for posts on a private group on the Telegram messaging service — a move that drew alarm from rights groups over the treatment of children with disabilities.

In a statement, three UN rights experts condemned Kak Sovann Chhay’s case as a “shameful nadir in the authorities’ continuing campaign of intimidation and violence against” critics of the Cambodian government.

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