Cambodia’s Misleading Excuse for Trampling Free Speech

On August 17, Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, received a sentence of two years imprisonment for the vague charge of “incitement to commit a felony or cause social unrest.”

Activists Sar Kanika and Ton Nimol also were jailed for 20 months on incitement charges. Each individual was fined $500, and they were ordered to jointly pay $100,000 in damages to the Cambodia Border Affairs Committee.

On July 21, 2020, Rong Chhun had issued a statement alleging the placement of border posts resulted in Cambodian farmers losing ancestral land to Vietnam in Ponhea Kraek district, Tbong Khmum province.

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