Two arrested at KNFL presser

Source: Phnom Penh Post

KNLF member Thuy Vy (left) speaks to the press yesterday in Phnom Penh. FACEBOOK

Police interrupted a press conference called by the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district yesterday, arresting two organisers as one called for the release of members of the organisation and other political prisoners.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police officers arrested the two in Continue reading

Roadside families protest at City Hall

Source: Khmer Times

Families are demanding details of the development. Supplied

Nearly 100 residents living along a stretch of land running from a railway in Boeung Kak to National Road 5 have gathered again outside City Hall to demand information about the development of a new road threatening to destroy their homes.
Their protest came as bulldozers moved in to clear the way for construction.
The residents are from six communities in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh Continue reading

Land activists detained by security guards

Source: Khmer Times

Activists said guards interfered with their right to protest. Supplied

Eight land activists were detained by Daun Penh security forces yesterday after they attempted to hand over a petition to the World Bank asking the organization to suspend all aid to Cambodia.
The women were gathered at the World Bank office, in central Phnom Penh, with a petition asking that all external grants to Cambodia be halted until the government Continue reading

World Bank Loan of $100 Million Angers Boeng Kak Activists

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Former Boeng Kak residents submit a petition at the World Bank’s office in Phnom Penh in 2015.(Satoshi Takahashi)World

Boeng Kak supporters on Tuesday said they were dismayed at the World Bank’s announcement of a new $100 million loan to the Cambodian government amid ongoing harassment and jailings of land rights activists.

The loan—announced on Friday and intended to improve rural Continue reading

Ministry threatens legal action against Black Monday protesters

Source: Khmer Times

The Justice Ministry wants an end to all Black Monday protests. KT/Chor Sokunthea

A Justice Ministry spokesman has branded the Black Monday campaign to release rights activists as useless, warning those who take part could face legal action.
On Monday, Kim Santepheap said criminal proceedings against Continue reading

Amnesty praises female activists

Source: Khmer Times

Tep Vanny at one of her many court appearances. KT/Chor Sokunthea

In celebration of yesterday’s International Women’s Day, Amnesty International released an article profiling six female activists in Southeast Asia and the persecution they face, including prominent Cambodian land rights activist Tep Vanny. Continue reading

Women’s Day plea for Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Women from the Boeung Kak community gathered yesterday and made a plea for the freedom of representative Tep Vanny. KT/Mai Vireak

Communities affected by land disputes have used the occasion of International Women’s Day today to urge the government to free activist Tep Vanny.
They also called for the release of civil society organization officials and an NEC official who are being held in prison.
More than 100 people gathered yesterday from unions Continue reading