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BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

During my 2013 trip to Colombia, I worked with Save the Children documenting the Kangaroo Program in Bogota. It was not only a pleasure to photograph the intimate relationship between parents and their newborns, but a great opportunity to document a successful story born from a ‘developing’ country, and spread across the world.

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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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As the last day of the year calls for it, here is a small selection of what 2013 has left for me.
Since it has been over four months since my last post, and words don’t seem to come as easy these days, I will let the images do the talking.

Please enjoy and happy new year 2014.

 

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

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

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.

 

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Two people were killed and several injured when a building’s ceiling collapsed at Wing Star Factory in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital Phnom Penh. The shoe factory is one of the suppliers of the Japanese brand Asics.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Land and human rights activist Tep Vanny started her journey yesterday to Washington D.C where she will receive the Vital Voices Global Leadership in Public Life Award.
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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Four days after human rights defender and journalist Mam Sonando was released, co-defendants Touch Ream, Khan Sovann and Phorn Sreoun were also released from prison.

The four men who still claim to be innocent, were sentenced last year on insurrection charges after a land-grab related incident in Kratie, which led to the death of a 14 year-old girl. Sonando, Ream, Sovann and Sreoun carried 20 years, five years, three years and 10 months sentences respectively. However, on March 14, the Appeal Court reduced Ream’s and Sovann’s sentences, and announced radical changes to Sonando’s offenses and a reduction of his sentence to time served.
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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Human rights activist Mam Sonando was released after months in prison. He was sentenced in 2012 to 20 years on insurrection charges, after his appeal, the court announced changes to his offences and reduced his sentence to time served.

While co-convicted Touch Ream, Khan Sovann and Phorn Sreoun were scheduled to be freed with Sonando, a slower process did not allow their release. Unable to join the celebrations, Ream’s, Sovann’s and Sreoun’s families returned to Human Rights NGO Licadho’s offices to wait for further news on their release.

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