Now in their seventh week of peaceful protests outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, family members of jailed former Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) members have said they will not rest until their relatives who were arrested for their alleged involvement in a plot to topple the government are released.
About 20 people have rallied in front of the municipal courthouse every Fridayfor nearly two months, calling on the court to drop all charges against the 17former opposition members who were apprehended since January.
The family members, who have submitted petitions at several embassies and the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said Prampi Makara district authorities and security guards have repeatedly interfered with their demonstrations. The group has appealed to the embassies of the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Japan and the OHCHR to ask that they intervene to help free the imprisoned former CNRP members, who they say are innocent.
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