Joint Media Statement
Thursday, 10 February 2011 , Written by « CoCSOAC »   


Civil Society Condemns Conviction of Human Rights Defenders Involved in

Kampong Chhnang Land Dispute, Cambodia

Phnom Penh 26 January 2011

We, the undersigned members of civil society, deeply regret the conviction on defamation charges of community representative Reach Seima and ADHOC staff member Sam Chankea, following their work to help the victims of a land‐grab in Kampong Chhnang province. The verdict is a setback for freedom of expression, and represents yet another instance where the Cambodian judiciary has been misused to punish a human rights defender who dared to publicly demand justice for victims of human rights abuses.

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