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POIPET, CAMBODIA

Rounded up by Thai authorities or simply afraid of violence, thousands of Cambodian workers and their families left Thailand on a mass exodus.

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Armed with a wide range of truncheons – from electric to ‘homemade’ sticks discreetly wrapped in newspaper – police and thugs attacked demonstrators, passersby and journalists indiscriminately after a defiant demonstration at Freedom Park during Labour Day.

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Armed with lotus flowers and incense sticks, opposition party member of parliament Mu Sochua was stopped by barb-wired barricades and police when trying to reach Freedom Park for a seventh time. Phnom Penh’s designated protest area has been closed since the Cambodian government banned all public gatherings and demonstrations following January’s deadly clashes.

 

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Prime Minister Hun Sen made his first appearance since he voted during Cambodia’s general elections. Addressing the media he called for people to keep calm, and said to welcome an international investigation on the controversial elections.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Days before nine million people were to vote at general elections, human rights organisations and observers highlighted a number of irregularities, marked by fake indelible ink and unregistered voters. Riots erupted in Phnom Penh after polls closed.

 

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha toured Siem Reap during a rally that lasted for hours and finished at Cambodia’s iconic temple of Angkor Wat. Supported by thousands on trucks and motorbikes, the CNRP leaders addressed the crowds in front of the temple, calling for Cambodians to take control over their iconic heritage site – Angkor Wat’s ticketing control has been leased to Sokimex, a company owned by Vietnamese descent business man Sok Kong.

 

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

One week before national elections, opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned to Cambodia after four years of self-imposed exile. Against the odds, an estimated 100,000 supporters welcomed him in Phnom Penh where he delivered his first speech in years.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

33-year-old Boeung Kak resident Hek Chan Reaksmey, who was over 2 months pregnant, miscarried after clashes with the police on Monday during a demonstration in front of City Hall.

On the second day of protests, more than 40 villagers demanded solutions to their basic right to housing, and for fellow land rights activist Yorm Bopha’s release. With no response from City Hall, the villagers made their way to the Prime Minister’s house to ask for his intervention.

While Boeung Kak villagers repeatedly clashed with the police in an attempt to reach the Prime Minister’s house, supporters of ruling party CPP rallied a few hundred meters away. It is election time after all.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Mother and house wife Yorm Bopha was sentenced to three years in prison and fined US$7500 under charges of intentional violence in September 2012. Yesterday, after a two-day appeal trial, her conviction was upheld, but reduced to two-years in jail.

Bopha was declared prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International and her arrest is seeing by human rights monitors as a persecution for her activism.