Four years after Kem Ley’s murder, justice still elusive

Traditional music drifted from loudspeakers and mixed with voices from the crowd at a ceremonial tent as two large, beaming portraits of slain social and political analyst Kem Ley beckoned supporters inside.

At the memorial on July 10 in Kem Ley’s hometown of Daun Keo City, a wide range of attendees were present, including health officials checking temperatures over fears of Covid-19, plainclothes police officers observing the ceremony, as well as members of civil society organizations, youth activists, and neighbors paying tribute.

In the yard where the ceremony was being held, the human rights defender’s stupa was laid with flowers and photos.

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