South-East Asian countries are using the COVID-19 pandemic to silence their critics. But these women are fighting back

Sok Bolima knows she is probably being watched as she walks the streets of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh protesting against her husband’s arrest.

But it won’t stop her.

She has stood outside embassies and court houses every Friday since the arrest, holding signs and chanting for her husband Khim Pheana, who was detained after posting information — including news articles — on Facebook about COVID-19.

He has been accused of treason and incitement by the Government and could face up to 15 to 20 years in jail.

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