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Flash News: Crowds gather again at Prey Sar to protest recent arrests in Phnom Penh
Published on November 23, 2014

This morning, over 300 people gathered outside Prey Sar prison to protest against recent politically motivated arrests for the second consecutive Sunday in a row.

Civil society organisations, monks, and communities protested outside CC1 and CC2 prisons at Prey Sar while US politician and elected representative for the state of Massachusetts, Morm Rady, addressed the crowd with relatives of those imprisoned.

Following the protests at the prison, the crowd moved to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for further demonstrations.

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Flash News: Over 150 protestors gather to demand release of activists and monks
Published on November 18, 2014

This morning some 150 community members and monks gathered in front of the Embassy of the United States in support of Venerable Luon Sovath, while demanding the release of more than a dozen activists and monks who were arrested and imprisoned last week.

Venerable Sovath is submitting letters of invitation to 13 embassies, calling on dignitaries to witness his trial on November 25 at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. He is being tried on alleged charges of incitement.

Additionally, community members and monks are submitting petitions at the same embassies to request the release of more than a dozen activists and monks who are being detained at CC1 and CC2 in Prey Sar Prison. Venerable Sovath and the 150 community members and monks, will march to a total of 13 embassies including Britain, Singapore, Russia, Thailand, China, Australia, Republic of Korea, the European Union, and Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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Flash News: Communities call for the release of imprisoned activists at Prey Sar prison
Published on November 16, 2014

This morning around 200 monks, NGO representatives and land activists from Borei Keila, Boeung Kak, Thmor Kol and Lor Peang communities gathered outside Prey Sar CC1 and CC2 prisons to call for the release of 17 imprisoned activists. Demonstrators, including relatives of the land activists held speeches and released balloons before marching near the prisons.

Last week ten land activists, three newly-defrocked monks and two CNRP members were arrested and sent to prison for exercising their right to peacefully protest. Eleven of them have already been swiftly tried, convicted and sentenced to one year in prison. Two other CNRP members have been in prison since last month.

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Flash News: 200 gather at National Assembly in Phnom Penh to protest wave of arrests
Published on November 14, 2014

This morning approximately 200 people including monks, community representatives, media and NGO staff gathered in front of the National Assembly to call for the release of activists recently arrested.

Earlier in the day protestors in two tuk tuks were temporarily prevented from reaching the site of the gathering.

Since Monday, 15 people including three newly-defrocked monks and two CNRP members have been arrested and sent to prison for exercising their right to peacefully protest.

Eleven of them have already been swiftly tried, convicted and sentenced to one year in prison.

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Flash News: Second CNRP member arrested within two days
Published on November 13, 2014

Earlier this morning, CNRP youth member Tep Narin was arrested by local authorities after failing to report at a local Phnom Penh police station. Narin was required to present himself before police once every two weeks while under judicial supervision.

Narin has been accused by case prosecutor Keo Socheat of taking part in the violence that occurred at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

He is currently being detained at the Phnom Penh police station.

Narin is the second CNRP member to be arrested in the last two days following the arrest and detention of CNRP candidate Meach Sovannara of Banteay Meanchey on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. In total, 15 CNRP officials and activists have now been arrested over the violence that occurred at Freedom Park on July 15.

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Flash News: Additional one year prison sentences for three land activists and one defrocked monk in Phnom Penh
Published on November 12, 2014

This evening, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced a further three land activists and a newly-defrocked monk to one year in prison and a fine of US $500 after convicting them of the offence of obstructing a public official with aggravating circumstances (Article 504 of the Criminal Code).

The four were arrested yesterday while taking part in a peaceful gathering in front of the court to call for the release of seven detained Boeung Kak Lake activists. The seven women had been detained on Monday and were also convicted and sentenced to one year in prison, for the offence of obstructing traffic, in a little over 24 hours.

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Flash News: Trial of three land activists and defrocked monk now underway at Phnom Penh Court
Published on November 12, 2014

The trial of three land activists and one monk (defrocked following his arrest) is now underway. All four were arrested yesterday morning as supporters gathered outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court to protest the arrest of seven Boeung Kak Lake (BKL) activists. Some 100 riot police and security guards violently broke up the peaceful protest in front of the court.

The three land activists – Heng Pich (BKL), Im Srey Touch (former BKL), Phoung Sopheap (Thmor Kol) – and monk, named Venerable Seung Hai, are currently being tried in a single court room for two separate cases at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

The trial comes after two monks were arrested and detained earlier today as they made their way to support a land community from Preah Vihear.

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Flash News: Boeung Kak Lake representatives arrested, convicted and sentenced in just over 24 hours
Published on November 11, 2014

Seven representatives from Boeung Kak Lake community have been sentenced to one year in prison along with the payment of a 2 million Cambodian Riel fine per person, following their arrest yesterday outside city hall.

All seven activists were charged with obstructing public traffic (Article 78 of the traffic law) and are currently being transported to Prey Sar CC2 Prison.

The seven convicted are Nget Khun, Tep Vanny, Song Sreyleap, Kong Chantha, and Phan Chhunreth, who were all previously arrested and convicted in 2012 for peaceful activism. Two other community representatives, Po Chorvy and Nong Sreng were also convicted today.

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Flash News: Court orders pre-trial detention of CNRP official Meach Sovannara at CC1 prison
Published on November 11, 2014

CNRP official Meach Sovannara has been detained at Prey Sar CC1 Prison this afternoon, following his arrest this morning in Phnom Penh in relation to the violence that occurred at Freedom Park on July 15 this year.

Investigating Judge Keo Mony has charged Sovannara under articles: 28 and 218 (instigating aggravated, intentional violence); 495 (inciting others to commit a felony); and 459 (leading an insurrectional movement) of the criminal code. Article 459 carries a potential sentence of 30 years' imprisonment.

In total, 14 CNRP officials and activists have been arrested over the violence at Freedom Park on July 15. Of those, three are currently in detention: Ouk Pich Samnang; CNRP Chbar Ampov elected district council member Sum Puthy; and CNRP official Meach Sovannara.

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Flash News: CNRP official and online radio owner, Meach Sovannara, arrested
Published on November 11, 2014

CNRP official Meach Sovannara was arrested by authorities this morning in Phnom Penh in relation to the violence that occurred at Freedom Park on July 15 this year. He is presently detained at Phnom Penh High Crime Police Station.

Sovannara was previously summonsed by Investigating Judge Keo Mony to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 1 over the Freedom Park violence. However, Sovannara was abroad at the time and could not appear before the court.

In total, 14 CNRP officials and activists have been arrested over the violence at Freedom Park on July 15.

Currently there are three CNRP officials and activists being detained by authorities: Ouk Pich Samnang; CNRP Chbar Ampov elected district council member Sum Puthy; and CNRP official Meach Sovannara.

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Flash News: Boeung Kak Lake detainees appear before Phnom Penh Court
Published on November 11, 2014

Seven representatives from Boeung Kak Lake community, who were arrested and detained yesterday after protesting outside city hall, appeared before Prosecutor Mr. Seang Sok at Phnom Penh Court of the First Instance this morning.

The seven women all appeared before the court, after authorities accused them yesterday of obstructing public traffic (Article 78 of the Traffic Law) and insulting public officials (Article 502 of the Penal Code). 50 supporters gathered outside the court in support.

Areas near the site of the former lake have been flooded for a number of days due to alleged deliberate drainage problems under the control of city hall authorities.

Those detained are Nget Khun, Tep Vanny, Song Srey Leap, Kong Chantha, Phan Chhunreth, who were all previously arrested and convicted in 2012 for peaceful activism. The other two community representatives arrested and detained yesterday were Po Chorvy and Nong Sreng.

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Flash News: Boeung Kak Lake representatives arrested
Published on November 10, 2014

This morning at around 9:30am, seven female representatives from Boeung Kak Lake community were arrested as they protested outside city hall against defective water drainage facilities in the city.

Areas near the site of the former lake have been flooded for the past three days due to alleged deliberate drainage problems under the control of city hall authorities.

Those detained are Nget Khun, Tep Vanny, Song Sreyleap, Kong Chantha, Phan Chunreth, who were all previously arrested and convicted in 2012 for peaceful activism. Two other community representatives, Po Chorvy and Nong Sreng, were also arrested.

Flash News: Protestors gather to mark 23rd anniversary of Paris Peace Agreements
Published on October 23, 2014

This morning over 1,000 peaceful protestors and monks gathered in Phnom Penh to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements.

In recognition of France’s role as host and co-president of the peace talks, the protesters began the morning with a forum outside the French embassy during which they asked signatories of the treaty for support. The protesters marched to the embassies of the USA and UK to deliver petitions as a reminder of the Paris Peace Agreements, criticizing Cambodian elections and on-going land disputes in Cambodia, calling for the establishment of a committee to investigate and review the implementation of the Paris Peace Agreements.

The protesters continued to the Australian and Russian embassies before making their way to the National Assembly. This afternoon the march will proceed to the UN offices, Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese embassies.

The march defied a limitation placed by the Phnom Penh municipality on today’s events which gave permission for only ten representatives to deliver the petitions.

Flash News: 17 injured following violent dispersal of protestors near Prime Minister's home
Published on October 20, 2014

Following the violent dispersal of protestors nearby Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home earlier today, LICADHO is now treating 17 patients. At least 4 of them (one woman and three men) have moderate injuries from beatings sustained by security guards. One of the injured is an 18 year old boy who was beaten on the head. He is currently being observed and may be admitted to hospital later.

The protestors from Kantuot commune, Choan Ksan district, Preah Vihear province, included men, women, and young children who were protesting in Phnom Penh to request assistance in ongoing land conflicts that have affected over 200 families.

They intended to march to the Chinese, Russian, and Australian embassies, before submitting a petition to the home of Prime Minister Hun Sen. However, the protestors were blocked on their way to the Prime Minister’s house, where they were severely beaten.

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Flash News: Yet another violent dispersal of land protesters near Prime Minister's home
Published on October 20, 2014

Earlier this morning, four people were injured after security guards at Independence Monument beat protestors from Kantuot commune, Choan Ksan district, Preah Vihear province, while military police stood by.

The group of protestors included men, women, and young children. They had come to Phnom Penh to request assistance in ongoing land conflicts that have affected over 200 families.

They intended to march to the Chinese, Russian, and Australian embassies, before submitting a petition to the home of Prime Minister Hun Sen. However, the protestors were blocked on their way to the Prime Minister’s house at Wat Botum, where they were severely beaten.

LICADHO is treating two of the protestors for injuries.

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