Buildings are demolished by excavators during forced evictions in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak community in 2010. Touch Yin Vannith

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday directed Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng to quickly resolve land dispute claims by seven families residing in the Boeung Kak area, an order that flies counter to City Hall’s announcement in April that it had officially closed the resolution process for the decade-long dispute.
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UN Rights Envoy Attends Vigil Marking One-Year Imprisonment of Cambodia Activist

Source: Radio Free Asia

Activists hold a vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of Tep Vanny’s detention at Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh, Aug. 15, 2017.

A United Nations’ rights envoy met with activists involved in a long-running dispute at a lake community in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh Tuesday as they marked the one-year anniversary of the jailing of one of their leaders.
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UN official vows to help Tep Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Tep Vanny supporters hold a ceremony for her yesterday. KT/Mai Vireak

UN Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has promised to discuss jailed land activist Tep Vanny with the government.

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Vigil held for imprisoned activist Tep Vanny

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Tep Vanny’s daughter Kong Panha (left) stands with a photograph at a candlelight vigil held to protest the Boeung Kak activist’s year of detention. Pha Lina

Boueng Kak lake residents yesterday held a candlelight vigil to mark one year since fellow activist Tep Vanny was detained by law enforcement for holding a cursing ceremony at the same location.
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Community demands justice for Tep Vanny

Source: Khmer Times

Cambodian protesters shout slogans in support of Cambodian land activist Tep Vanny. AFP

Residents of the Boeung Kak community yesterday requested UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith and ASEAN embassies to campaign for the release of land activist Tep Vanny, who has now been imprisoned for one year.

Gathering in front of the United Nations office in Phnom Penh yesterday, Boeung Kak resident Song Sreyleap said the arrest of Ms Vanny was unjust as she was only protesting for social justice over a land dispute in Boeung Kak.

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A year of ‘hell’ in Prey Sar for Tep Vanny

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Tep Vanny stood beside four effigies on a dusky evening last August, marshalling other Boeung Kak residents to light incense sticks, hold lotus stems and throw rice at the four life-size dummies while shouting curses.
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Tep Vanny jail term upheld

Source: Khmer Times

The Court of Appeal yesterday upheld a lower court verdict against land activist Tep Vanny who was convicted over violence involving security guards near Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

Ms Vanny has spent nearly a year in jail after her conviction for intentional violence with aggravating circumstances for a two-and-half year term imposed by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

After the verdict, 50 residents of the Boeng Kak community lit incense to curse developers of the Boeng Kak area and court officials for what they called an unfair decision.

“Because of the power of dollars you have made thousands of families shed tears,” resident Song Sreyleap said, holding up three lit sticks of incense.

Pol Sam Oeun, presiding judge of the Court of Appeal, said Ms Vanny did not have the permission of authorities to protest and submit a petition at the home of the Prime Minister.

“We have decided to uphold the decision of Phnom Penh Municipal Court,” Mr Sam Oeun said.

“We consider that Tep Vanny was a real accomplice who ordered the fight against the victims and was the instigator in the case.”

Protesters speak out against the court’s decision to uphold the jail sentence against land activist Tep Vanny. KT/Mai Vireak

Ms Vanny shouted that the decision was unfair and she would appeal to the Supreme Court as soon as possible.

“It is an injustice that the court has imprisoned someone who has done nothing wrong,” she said outside the courtroom.

“Today I am imprisoned but you will be the same as me in prison next time.”

She said the court officials were corrupt and had colluded with the perpetrators.

Soueng Sen Karona, senior investigator for rights group Adhoc, said he was disappointed with the result.

“We are sorry the court did not consider what the defence lawyers said during the trial about how Tep Vanny did not take part in violence,” he said.

“The government won’t get any interest out of continuing to keep her in custody, especially near the election in 2018,” Mr Sen Karona added. 

Human Rights Watch called for the conviction to be quashed and for Ms Vanny to be freed immediately.

“The case against Tep Vanny is a blatant misuse of prosecutorial power to punish her for her peaceful activism,” said deputy Asia director Phil Robertson.

“The government should also cease persecution of human rights defenders and others exercising their fundamental rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.”

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