Cambodian Union Leader Stands Trial for ‘Incitement’

An outspoken union leader went on trial in Cambodia on Friday for alleged incitement, the latest in a series of court cases activists say are aimed at cracking down on opposition voices.

Rong Chhun, the leader of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was arrested in July after accusing the government of “irregularities” over the demarcation of the eastern border with Vietnam. He said the newly agreed borderline encroaches on some locals’ farmland.

Opposition politicians have long accused strongman premier Hun Sen of ceding territory to Vietnam, harnessing the long-running unresolved border issues between the two countries to whip up nationalist sentiment against his administration.

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