Arrest and Charges against Human Rights Defender Vorn Pov, President of IDEA

Created Date : 03 / Jan / 2014
Nature of Violation :
Rights Involved : Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Assembly


Yesterday, 2January 2014, human rights defender Vorn Pov, President of the Independent and Democracyof Information Economic Association (“IDEA”) and Theng Savuen from theCoalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (“CCFC”) along with eight workers and fivemonks were arrested by Military Special Command Unit 911 while protestingoutside of the Yak Jin Factory, off of National Road 4 in Phnom Penh, to demanda higher increase in the minimum wage for garment factory workers. The arresttook place as the police was seen violently trying to disband a peacefulprotest, beating protesters. Vorn Pov was seen with a blow to the head. The five monks were released late last night, but the10 others remained detained. This morning,3 January 2014, all ten were taken to Phnom Penh Municipal Court of FirstInstance to be questioned. They have now all been charged with Article 411 “Intentionally causing damage withaggravating circumstances” and Article 218 “Acts of violence with aggravating Circumstances” of the Penal code2009. They now have been taken back to Prey Sar prison.

Contact Information

For more information, pleasecontact CCHR Human Rights Defenders Project Coordinator Chhunly Chhay viatelephone at +855 (0) 1752 8021 or email at [email protected]. Notes to the Editor:CCHR, founded in November 2002, is a non-aligned, independent, non-governmentalorganization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for humanrights throughout Cambodia. CCHR is a member ofInternational Freedom of Expression Exchanges (IFEX), the global network forfreedom of expression. CCHR is also a member of the World Organization AgainstTorture (OMCT) SOS-Torture Network. The Cambodian Human RightsPortal is the 2011 winner of theInformation Society Innovation Fund Award in the category of Rights andFreedoms and the 2013 winner of the Communication for Social Change Award,awarded by the Centre of Communication and Social Change at the University ofQueensland in Brisbane, Australia.