HRD/FoEX Alert Update - Continuous Temporary Arrest of Human Rights Activists and Ban on Demonstrations

Created Date : 21 / Jan / 2014
Nature of Violation :
Rights Involved : Freedom of Expression , Freedom of Assembly


The ban on demonstrations in Cambodia continues along with thesubsequent recurring temporary detention of human rights activists.Today- 21 January 2014 – eleven human rights activists and peaceful protesters weretemporarily arrested by Daun Penh security guards and taken to the Phnom PenhMunicipal Police Station. Among the 11 arrested were Rong Chun, President ofthe Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (‘’CITA), Tep Vanny and YormBopha along with seven other Boeng Kak Lake activists, a staff member ofHousing Rights Task Force (‘’HRTF) and an activist from the CambodianAlliance of Trade Unions (‘’CATU). The first six arrests took place in frontof the Embassy of the United States during a demonstration to deliver apetition calling for the release of the 23 people jailed during the violentcrackdown on garment workers demonstrations earlier this month. The five others were arrested about 10 minuteslater while making their way to the French Embassy. Alleleven people arrested this morning were released in the afternoon after signinga letter stating they will not incite or take part in further illegalactivities or demonstrations.Today’stemporary arrests follow the temporary detentions on 6January 2014 and on 19 January 2014 of five Boeng Kak Lakeactivists and Sok Chhun Oeung, acting President of the Independent Democracy ofInformal Economy Association (‘’IDEA), respectively. They were also arrested whileattempting to protest and subsequently released after signing a similar letter.The wave of temporary detentions of human rights activists is aconsequence of the press release dated 4 January issued by the Ministry ofInterior temporarily banning all forms of assembly or marches until “publicorder and security is restored.” Thecurrent ban on assemblies is unlawful, seriously disproportionate and excessively broad and thus is inclear violation of international and domestic provisions protecting the rightto freedom of assembly.

Contact Information

For more information, please contactMs. Chhay Chhunly, CCHR Human RightsDefender Project Coordinator via telephone at+855(0) 17 528 021 or email [email protected] Ms. Sorn Ramana, Freedom of ExpressionProject Coordinatorvia telephoneat+855(0) 17 655 591 or email at [email protected].