Rights groups have called for the Cambodian government to drop charges against two youth activists arrested in July for their participation in a memorial service for slain political commentator Kem Ley.
The statements were released by Amnesty International and ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) on Sunday and Monday, respectively. They called for the released of youth activists, Kong Raiya and Soung Neak Poun, who were arrested in July and have been held in pre-trial detention in “incitement” charges.
Kong Raiya was arrested a day before memorial services were held for Kem Ley on July 10 for selling t-shirts with the murdered political commentator’s image. At the memorial, Soung Neak Poun was arrested for holding a sign calling for the government to stop extrajudicial killings.