Rong Chhun’s supporters petition more embassies to intervene in arrests

Supporters and activists are continuing to protest for the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun, calling on international communities, notably countries that are signatories to the Paris Peace Agreements, to pressure the government into securing the release of Chhun and other activists who were jailed last month.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court last month charged outspoken union leader Rong Chhun for incitement to disturb social security over comments he made regarding border demarcation posts between Cambodia and Vietnam. A dozen more activists who participated in protests demanding Chhun’s release were also arrested, with six of them facing the same incitement charge, including Khmer Win Party leader Soung Sophorn.

On September 1, some 50 of Chhun’s supporters submitted a petition at the Japanese and German embassies seeking help for the jailed activists, specifically targeting embassies of countries that signed on to the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement, which marked the end of conflict between Cambodia and Vietnam. 

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