Above: number of political detainees over the last twelve months; this list is not exhaustive and based on cases directly investigated by LICADHO

Since May 2015, the Cambodian government’s assault on its critics has intensified, and the number of political prisoners held in Cambodia’s prisons has risen sharply as the authorities have made increasing use of the criminal justice system to persecute dissenters.

Below are details of the current political prisoners, whose cases have been directly investigated by LICADHO. Amongst them are human rights defenders, environmental campaigners, monks, students, opposition party activists, members of the national assembly and senate, and human rights workers. They are being held for a variety of offences but together they illustrate Cambodia’s increasingly restricted political environment in which opposition is not tolerated and debate stifled. (ភាសាខ្មែរ)

Political prisoner count: 20

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Kim Sok, 36
Political Commentator

Detained for 156 days
(since Feb. 17, 2017)

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Chao Veasna, 53
SRP Poipet commune council deputy chief (elected)

Detained for 157 days
(since Feb. 16, 2017)

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Tep Vanny, 35
Boeung Kak land activist

Sentenced to
2.5 years in prison

Detained for 342 days
(since Aug. 15, 2016)

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Um Sam An, 43
CNRP member of parliament (elected)

Sentenced to
2.5 years in prison

Detained for 468 days
(since Apr. 11, 2016)

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Hong Sok Hour, 59
SRP senator (elected)

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 708 days
(since Aug. 15, 2015)

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Yea Thong, 26
CNRP youth member

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 718 days
(since Aug. 5, 2015)

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Roeun Chetra, 33
CNRP youth member

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 719 days
(since Aug. 4, 2015)

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Yun Kimhour, 28
CNRP youth member

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 719 days
(since Aug. 4, 2015)

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Dav Tep, 28
Monk

Sentenced to
2 years in prison

Detained for 722 days
(since Aug. 1, 2015)

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An Batham, 36
CNRP youth member

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Ke Khim, 34
CNRP supporter

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Khin Chamreun, 33
CNRP Phnom Penh youth chief

Sentenced to
20 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Meach Sovannara, 46
CNRP national election candidate

Sentenced to
20 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Neang Sokhun, 33
CNRP Chhbar Ampov district youth leader

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Oeur Narith, 37
CNRP public affairs department officer

Sentenced to
20 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Ouk Pich Samnang, 53
CNRP supporter

Sentenced to
9 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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San Kimheng, 30
CNRP Tuol Kork district youth leader

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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San Seihak, 28
CNRP youth member

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Sum Puthy, 49
CNRP Chhbar Ampov district council member (elected)

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Tep Narin, 30
CNRP youth member

Sentenced to
7 years in prison

Detained for 733 days
(since Jul. 21, 2015)

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Released prisoner count: 15

(The list below is not exhaustive and consists only of prisoners previously included in the above list)

Lim Mony, 60
ADHOC senior investigator, women and children's rights section

Detained 427 days
(released on Jun. 29, 2017)

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Nay Vanda, 42
ADHOC deputy head of human rights section

Detained 427 days
(released on Jun. 29, 2017)

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Ny Chariya, 54
National Election Committee deputy secretary-general

Detained 427 days
(released on Jun. 29, 2017)

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Ny Sokha, 51
ADHOC head of human rights section

Detained 427 days
(released on Jun. 29, 2017)

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Yi Soksan, 53
ADHOC senior investigator

Detained 427 days
(released on Jun. 29, 2017)

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Norng Sarith, 42
SRP Bavet commune council member (elected)

Sentenced to
18 months in prison

Detained 547 days
(released on May 19, 2017)

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Sok Sam Ean, 38
CNRP supporter

Sentenced to
18 months in prison

Detained 547 days
(released on May 19, 2017)

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Kong Raya, 25
Cambodia Student Network president

Sentenced to
18 months in prison

Detained 552 days
(released on Feb. 22, 2017)

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Din Puthy, 38
CNRP deputy head of operations in Poipet city

Detained 23 days
(released on Jan. 14, 2017)

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Seang Chet, 43
SRP Srok commune council chief (elected)

Sentenced to
5 years in prison

Detained 228 days
(released on Dec. 8, 2016)

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Sim Samnang, 28
Mother Nature activist

Sentenced to
18 months in prison
(partly suspended)

Detained 319 days
(released on Jul. 1, 2016)

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Sun Mala, 23
Mother Nature activist

Sentenced to
18 months in prison
(partly suspended)

Detained 319 days
(released on Jul. 1, 2016)

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Try Sovikea, 23
Mother Nature activist

Sentenced to
18 months in prison
(partly suspended)

Detained 319 days
(released on Jul. 1, 2016)

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Chea Vanda, 30
Monk

Sentenced to
3 months in prison

Detained 242 days
(released on Mar. 30, 2016)

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Vein Vorn, 36
CPP Pralay commune council member (elected)

Sentenced to
12 months in prison
(partly suspended)

Detained 148 days
(released on Mar. 3, 2016)

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Kim Sok, 36

Political Commentator
Detained for 156 days, since February 17, 2017
Faces 6 months - 2 years imprisonment
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Defamation (Criminal Code Article 305)
- Incitement to commit felony (Criminal Code Article 495 & 494)

Chao Veasna, 53

SRP Poipet commune council deputy chief (elected)
Detained for 157 days, since February 16, 2017
Faces 6 months - 2 years imprisonment

Charge(s)

- Incitement to commit felony (Criminal Code Article 495 & 494)
- Accomplice to intentional damage with aggravating circumstances (general aggravation and in relation to status of the victim) (Criminal Code Article 29, 410, 411 & 412)
- Intentional damage with aggravating circumstances (using dangerous means & causing injury) (Criminal Code Articles 413 & 414)

Tep Vanny, 35

Boeung Kak land activist
Detained for 342 days, since August 15, 2016
Sentenced to 2.5 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Intentional acts of violence (Criminal Code Article 218)

Um Sam An, 43

CNRP member of parliament (elected)
Detained for 468 days, since April 11, 2016
Sentenced to 2.5 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Incitement to commit a felony (Criminal Code Article 495)
- Incitement to [racial] discrimination (Criminal Code Article 496)

Hong Sok Hour, 59

SRP senator (elected)
Detained for 708 days, since August 15, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Forgery of public documents (Criminal Code Article 629)
- Use of forged public documents (Criminal Code Article 630)
- Incitement to commit a crime (Criminal Code Articles 494 & 495)

Yea Thong, 26

CNRP youth member
Detained for 718 days, since August 5, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison

Charge(s)

- Participation in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Article 457)
- Intentional acts of violence (Criminal Code Article 218)
- Incitement to commit felony (Criminal Code Article 495)

Roeun Chetra, 33

CNRP youth member
Detained for 719 days, since August 4, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison

Charge(s)

- Participation in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Article 457)
- Intentional acts of violence (Criminal Code Article 218)
- Incitement to commit felony (Criminal Code Article 495)

Yun Kimhour, 28

CNRP youth member
Detained for 719 days, since August 4, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison

Charge(s)

- Participation in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Article 457)
- Intentional acts of violence (Criminal Code Article 218)
- Incitement to commit felony (Criminal Code Article 495)

Dav Tep, 28

Monk
Detained for 722 days, since August 1, 2015
Sentenced to 2 years in prison

Charge(s)

- Death threat (Criminal Code Article 233)
- Concealing drugs (Drug Law Article 40)

An Batham, 36

CNRP youth member
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Ke Khim, 34

CNRP supporter
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Khin Chamreun, 33

CNRP Phnom Penh youth chief
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 20 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in and leading an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456, 457 and 459)

Meach Sovannara, 46

CNRP national election candidate
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 20 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in and leading an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456, 457 and 459)

Neang Sokhun, 33

CNRP Chhbar Ampov district youth leader
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Oeur Narith, 37

CNRP public affairs department officer
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 20 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in and leading an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456, 457 and 459)

Ouk Pich Samnang, 53

CNRP supporter
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 9 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

Case 1:
- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Case 2:
- Intentional violence with aggravating circumstances (Criminal Code Article 218)
- Obstruction of public official (Criminal Code Article 503)

San Kimheng, 30

CNRP Tuol Kork district youth leader
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

San Seihak, 28

CNRP youth member
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Sum Puthy, 49

CNRP Chhbar Ampov district council member (elected)
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Tep Narin, 30

CNRP youth member
Detained for 733 days, since July 21, 2015
Sentenced to 7 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Participating in an insurrectionary movement (Criminal Code Articles 456 and 457)

Lim Mony, 60

ADHOC senior investigator, women and children's rights section
Detained 427 days, released on June 29, 2017
Faces 5 - 10 years imprisonment
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548)

Nay Vanda, 42

ADHOC deputy head of human rights section
Detained 427 days, released on June 29, 2017
Faces 5 - 10 years imprisonment
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548)

Ny Chariya, 54

National Election Committee deputy secretary-general
Detained 427 days, released on June 29, 2017
Faces 5 - 10 years imprisonment
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Accomplice to bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548 & Article 29)

Ny Sokha, 51

ADHOC head of human rights section
Detained 427 days, released on June 29, 2017
Faces 5 - 10 years imprisonment
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548)

Yi Soksan, 53

ADHOC senior investigator
Detained 427 days, released on June 29, 2017
Faces 5 - 10 years imprisonment
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548)

Norng Sarith, 42

SRP Bavet commune council member (elected)
Detained 547 days, released on May 19, 2017
Sentenced to 18 months in prison

Charge(s)

- Forgery of public documents (Criminal Code Article 629)

Sok Sam Ean, 38

CNRP supporter
Detained 547 days, released on May 19, 2017
Sentenced to 18 months in prison

Charge(s)

- Forgery of public documents (Criminal Code Article 629)

Kong Raya, 25

Cambodia Student Network president
Detained 552 days, released on February 22, 2017
Sentenced to 18 months in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Incitement to commit a felony (Criminal Code Article 494 & 495)

Din Puthy, 38

CNRP deputy head of operations in Poipet city
Detained 23 days, released on January 14, 2017
Faces 2 - 5 years imprisonment

Charge(s)

- Intentional acts of violence (Criminal Code Article 218)

Seang Chet, 43

SRP Srok commune council chief (elected)
Detained 228 days, released on December 8, 2016
Sentenced to 5 years in prison
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548)

Sim Samnang, 28

Mother Nature activist
Detained 319 days, released on July 1, 2016
Sentenced to 18 months in prison (partly suspended)
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Threatening to cause destruction, defacement or damage and ordering others to do so (Criminal Code Article 424)

Sun Mala, 23

Mother Nature activist
Detained 319 days, released on July 1, 2016
Sentenced to 18 months in prison (partly suspended)
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Threatening to cause destruction, defacement or damage and ordering others to do so (Criminal Code Article 424)

Try Sovikea, 23

Mother Nature activist
Detained 319 days, released on July 1, 2016
Sentenced to 18 months in prison (partly suspended)
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Threatening to cause destruction, defacement or damage and ordering others to do so (Criminal Code Article 424)

Chea Vanda, 30

Monk
Detained 242 days, released on March 30, 2016
Sentenced to 3 months in prison

Charge(s)

- Unauthorized wearing of Buddhist robes (Criminal Code Article 508)

Vein Vorn, 36

CPP Pralay commune council member (elected)
Detained 148 days, released on March 3, 2016
Sentenced to 12 months in prison (partly suspended)
More information on this case here

Charge(s)

- Violation of forestry management plan (Forestry Law Article 98.2)