Fourth Cambodian charged for attempting ‘peasant revolt’

Human Rights Watch says charges designed to silence critics ahead of elections.

A fourth person has been charged with plotting a ‘peasant revolution’ aimed at overthrowing the government after he took part in a workshop run by the land rights group, Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community (CCFC), in the northeast province of Ratanakkiri.

Chan Vibol, an independent researcher, was charged with plotting and incitement under articles 453, 494, and 495 of Cambodia’s criminal code alongside CCFC President Theng Savoeun and advocacy officers Nhel Pheap and Than Hach.

Plotting – which carries a jail sentence of five to 10 years – was added to the charge sheet on Tuesday evening despite protests from several hundred farmers who walked to Phnom Penh and urged Interior Minister Sar Kheng to intervene and have the charges dropped.

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