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. Continue reading →
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.
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. Continue reading →
A group of protesters hold incense sticks during an impromptu cursing ceremony yesterday outside the Appeal Court, which upheld a 30-month sentence for land rights activist Tep Vanny’s alleged involvement in a 2013 protest that turned violent in Phnom Penh. Ananth Baliga
In a decision roundly criticised by rights observers, the Appeal Court yesterday upheld a two-and-a-half-year sentence for Boeung Kak activist Tep Vanny for her alleged involvement in a 2013 protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in Phnom Penh that turned violent.
Presiding Judge Pol Sam Oeun said the court found no fault with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision to sentence the prominent activist to 30 months in prison. Continue reading →