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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Land and human rights activists marched the streets of  Phnom Penh to celebrate the International Women’s Day. A minute’s silence was observed for Boeung Kak’s Chea Dara, who committed suicide out of desperation over being forcibly evicted and for Yorm Bopha’s 185th day in prison.

Meanwhile, men showed their support by preparing food and organizing the event back at Boeung Kak community.

 

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Land rights activist and prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha’s supporters demonstrate on International Women’s Day demanding her immediate release. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

A girl stares at demonstrators as they march on the streets of Boeung Kak community. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

Police block demonstrators from reaching the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Phnom Penh as land rights activist and prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha’s supporters demonstrate on International Women’s Day demanding her immediate release. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

Land rights activist and prisoner of conscience Yorm Bopha’s supporters demonstrate on International Women’s Day demanding her immediate release and to stop violence against women. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

Land rights activist Yorm Bopha’s supporters attend an event at Boeung Kak Community on International Women’s Day. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

Wearing a prison uniform, Tep Vanny, poses with her daughter during Women’s Day. In 2012 she and 12 other women were convicted of occupying state land and obstructing public officials; the 13 women were released a month and three days later. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

Men from Boeung Kak community prepare food for demonstrators at Boeung Kak community. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

Wearing a prison uniform, Tep Vanny poses with her family at their house in Boeung Kak. In 2012 Vanny and 12 other women were convicted of occupying state land and obstructing public officials; the 13 women were released a month and three days later. ©Erika Pineros 2013

 

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