This morning BKL protestors and children from Boeung Kak community rallied in front Ministry of Justice to demand the release 15 human right defenders arrested on May 24th during a peaceful demonstration.
PETITION FOR RELEASE OF 15 HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN CAMBODIA
May 28, 2012 – In view of the arrest of 15 human rights defenders from the Boeung Kak Lake community, and the criminal charges placed against 13 women for their participation in May 22, 2012’s peaceful demonstration:
We, the undersigned, including community members, victims of forced land evictions, students, garment workers, sex workers, union leaders, farmers, and NGO workers of Cambodia, share a united concern about women’s freedom of expression and actions, particularly women human rights defenders. We implore United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to urge the Royal Government of Cambodia to immediately release the 13 women human rights defenders, including: Chan Navy, Cheng Leap, Heng Mom, Kong Chantha, Nget Khun, Ngoun Kimlang, Pao Saopea, Phan Chan Reth, Soung Samai, Song Srey Leap, Tep Vanny, Tho Davy, and Toul Srey Pov; from the CC2 Prison in Phnom Penh, and to release Ms. Ly Chanary and Mr. Sao Sarouen from pre-trial detention. In addition, we beseech the aid of the United States and the international community to:
- Condemn the horrific actions and abuses that have recently taken place, call for an end to the harassment of human rights defenders in Cambodia and ensure that peaceful protests can take place without fear of arrest, intimidation or violence.
- Call for an end of forced and violent evictions of Cambodian citizens from their homes and land.