Rights groups condemn decision to keep land activist Tep Vanny in prison

Source: Phnom Penh Post

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

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Breaking: Tep Vanny sentence upheld

Source: Phnom Penh Post

Boeung Kak protestors hold an impromptu cursing ceremony outside the Appeal Court, which upheld a 30-month sentence for Tep Vanny’s alleged involvement in a 2013 protest that turned violent in Phnom Penh. Ananth Baliga

The Appeal Court this morning 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 Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s verdict to sentence the prominent activist to 30 months in prison was upheld and that he found no fault in the lower court’s decision.
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Cambodia: Quash Conviction of Rights Land Activist

Source: Human Right Watch

People gather outside the Appeals Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on August 8, 2017, holding signs of support for land rights activist, Tep Vanny.

(Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should quash the conviction and release land rights activist Tep Vanny, who has been imprisoned for nearly a year for defending her community from unlawful evictions, Human Rights Watch said today.
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EU, World Bank Handed Petitions to Help Free Tep Vanny

Source: Cambodia daily

Boeng Kak community members call for the release of prominent activist Tep Vanny in front of the EU headquarters in Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning. (John Vink)

More than 30 Boeng Kak activists delivered petitions to the E.U. and World Bank’s Phnom Penh headquarters on Wednesday morning asking the two bodies to lobby government officials for the release of prominent activist Tep Vanny ahead of a court appeal against her prison sentence next week, the activists said. Continue reading

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Cambodia: Drop Charges Against Land Rights Defenders

Source: Human Right Watch

Activist Tep Vanny takes part in a land rights protest in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on November 7, 2012. © 2012 Reuters

(Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should immediately end the politically motivated prosecution of six land rights activists, including the prominent advocate Tep Vanny, who has been jailed for nearly a year, Human Rights Watch said today.
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‘Chaotic’ Phnom Penh was built on a wing and a prayer – and an occasional police baton

Source: Phnom Penh Post

A ‘Black Monday’ protester leads the march at the Boeung Kak area of Phnom Penh last year. Pha Lina

The Pearl of Asia. Paris of the East. The monikers are today synonymous with Phnom Penh under the French and the Golden Era under Prince Norodom Sihanouk until the 1970s.

The small but bustling city boasted grand boulevards, a thriving cultural scene and an emerging skyline dotted with Vann Molyvann’s “New Khmer” architectural creations. It was reportedly even the object of former Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew’s envy after a visit in April 1967. Continue reading

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After Adhoc 5, Campaigners Set Sights on Activist Tep Vanny

Source: The Cambodia Daily

Land activist Tep Vanny is led into the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for sentencing in February. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

With the Adhoc 5 now out of prison on bail, some advocates are shifting their focus to jailed land activist Tep Vanny, one of 20 Cambodians that rights groups say are languishing behind bars as political prisoners.

Ms. Vanny, 36, who has made a name for herself in recent years with her vocal participation in Continue reading

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