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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Human rights defender and prisoner of conscience Mam Sonando, along with Touch Ream and Khan Sovann are expected to be freed from jail on Friday 15th March after the court announced changes to Sonando’s offenses, and reduced sentences to time served for all.

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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.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

71 year-old journalist and owner of Beehive Radio Mam Sonando, and co-convicted Touch Ream and Khan Sovann appeal last year’s court sentence at the Appeal Court.

While hundreds of demonstrators outside the Appeal Court shouted for justice and their immediate release, families of the convicted waited patiently outside the room. Having been in prison since one of his daughters was only a couple of months old, Touch Ream was able to spend some family time while in court.

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Well, at least some of MY 2012 in pictures. Enjoy!

 

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CAMBODIA

This post aims to pay homage to those who risk their lives and leave everything behind – including their own families – to defend their most basic rights. A summary of some of the 2012 Human & Land rights related events in Cambodia – part of my long term project on land rights and housing conditions.

Through this project, I’ve had the opportunity to meet the most amazing and inspiring people. I have also had the chance to witness staggering moments of joy, despair and frustration.

I truly hope 2013 brings some better news for those millions of people around the world whose basic rights have been undermined.

Happy 2013

 

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Boeung Kak, Borei Kaila and Thmar Kaul communities  have – once again – united to protest against Yorn Bopha’s three-year prison sentence. The villagers gathered for the last time this year in front of the Municipal Court to curse officials and ask for justice.

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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

For two consecutive days families and friends of land rights activists Tim Sakmony and Yorn Bopha gathered near the Municipal Court in Phnom Penh to support them during their trial and demand their immediate release.

Unable to finish Bopha’s hearing on the same day, the court postponed her verdict and finished the day by sentencing Sakmony to six months in prison after she was found guilty of fraud. Sakmony’s sentence was reduced to the three months and 21 days already served under pre-trial detention and was able to return home.

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

In another effort to get their cases heard, Human & Land Rights activists gathered in from of the National Assembly to dance the popular song Gangnam Style, and deliver a petition of over 11,000 signatures collected on t-shirts and kromas.
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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

Despite efforts of the international community, the intervention of the UN and even the mention of his case by US president Obama during his visit to Cambodia; Mam Sonando, the owner of Beehive Radio and director of the Association of Democrats, was denied bail at the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh today.
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PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA

2012 has probably been one of the toughest years for Human Rights defenders in Cambodia. The country has seen a dramatic increase on HR abuses counting amongst others, a high number of violent forced evictions and protests, and the growing prosecution of human rights activists across the country.
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