Protests Continue as International Outrage at Rong Chhun’s Arrest Grows

The Cambodian government’s crackdown on dissenting voices has further damaged an already ailing international image for the country, yet government officials remain unconcerned.

The movement to demand the release of Rong Chhun and three others grew on Tuesday (Sept. 1) as around 100 people gathered in front of the Japanese and German embassies in Phnom Penh to call for international interventions in the cases of numerous political prisoners.

This year has seen an especially brutal crackdown on critics of the government, but throughout August 2020 numerous high-profile arrests were made, including vocal unionist Rong Chhun, Khmer Win Party president Suong Sophorn, as well as youth activists Hun Vannak and Chhoeun Daravy.

Rong Vann, Rong Chhun’s nephew, expressed his hope that democratic countries might intervene in the release of Rong Chhun and other prisoners of conscience, as such he—and a range of activists—have vowed to continue protesting.

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