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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.

Flash News: Garment workers march in Phnom Penh for increase in minimum wage
Published on October 12, 2014

This morning around 1000 garment workers from six unions – CUMW, NIFTUC, WFUF, NTUC, TUFW & IDYTU – gathered at Freedom Park to call for an increase in the minimum wage. Despite warnings from government authorities not to leave the Freedom Park area, the protestors peacefully marched to the National Assembly, US and EU embassies, to submit petitions.

Around 50 riot police stood by at Wat Phnom as the protestors marched, while a large group of military police and riot police were present in front of the EU embassy.

Today's protest takes place in addition to last month’s launch of a labor campaign calling for the minimum wage to be increased to $177.

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Flash News: Rights worker beaten by Oddar Meanchey police while documenting land dispute
Published on October 11, 2014

This afternoon, police in Oddar Meanchey beat a staff member from Equitable Cambodia after they refused to allow officers to search their car without a warrant and gain access to a camera.

Police stopped the car as it was transporting villagers back to their community, following interviews with Equitable Cambodia staff at an office belonging to ADHOC.

Following the illegal search and beating of the staff, police confiscated the car and deleted a number of photos from the camera. The staff from Equitable Cambodia are now in Oddar Meanchey Provincial Police Station negotiating with police but are not currently detained.

The violence comes after Equitable Cambodia staff were detained last month during a visit to Bos village in Oddar Meanchey, to investigate a case where approximately 100 families were affected when their rice fields were destroyed to make way for sugarcane plantations.

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Flash News: 250 villagers march over long running land dispute with Koh Kong Sugar
Published on October 9, 2014

This morning 250 villagers from three villages, Trapaing Kandorl, Chi Khor, and Chhouk, marched to deliver a petition to Chi Khor Leu commune hall and Sre Ambel district office to petition authorities over a long running land dispute regarding an overlapping economic land concession, that involved Oknha Ly Yong Phat and is used to produce sugar for Thai sugar-manufacturer, Khon Kaen Sugar (KSL).

The district governor and commune leader for Chi Khor Leu received their petitions after which the villagers then marched to Koh Kong Sugar, where a representative for the company accepted their petition as well.

The villagers plan to deliver another petition to the provincial hall if there is no resolution between district authorities and Koh Kong Sugar following today's activities.

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Flash News: CNRP elected district council member is twelfth party official to be arrested over Freedom Park violence
Published on September 29, 2014

Earlier today, CNRP Chbar Ampov elected district council member Sum Puthy was arrested in relation to the violence that took place on July 15 at Freedom Park. He was last seen this morning by his wife after going to the local market. Photos have emerged through government media sources, placing Puthy at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. He is to be sent to CC1 at Prey Sar Prison for pre-trial detention.

Sum Puthy is the twelfth CNRP official arrested in relation to the Freedom Park violence.

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Flash News: Two union members detained, soldiers mobilized hours before launch of union's $177 wage campaign
Published on September 17, 2014

This morning, soldiers from military brigades 70 and 99, as well as an artillery unit, have been stationed along Veng Sreng road and inside Canadia Industrial Park ahead of this morning’s planned union events to launch the $177 minimum wage campaign.

Military helicopters have also been spotted flying over the factories on Veng Sreng road.

Earlier this morning CCAWDU federation members, Sot Seap and Kun Sokom, were arrested by police in front of the Kamchay Mea factory in Smorng Kangcheung commune, Kamchay Mea district, Prey Veng province. They were released shortly after midday having spent several hours in custody.