Mother Nature Activist faces threats due to his participation in a protest

Created Date : 12 / Jun / 2017
Nature of Violation :
Rights Involved : Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Assembly


Environmentalactivist Thun Ratha, member of the group Mother Nature, has been subject toharassment by local police and village authorities while participating inprotests against sand dredging in Kandal Province. Mother Nature haveconsiderable experience campaigning against illicit sand-dredging in Koh Kongprovince, where their members have been subject to harassment, legal action,and even imprisonment.[1]Mr. Rathatravelled to Kohkor village, Roka Khpos commune, Sa-ang district, KandalProvince on Friday 9 June, arriving around 10am. On Sunday 11 June around 200people joined a protest against sand dredging in Sa-ang district. On theevening of Sunday 11 June, the commune police chief came to the house where Mr.Ratha was staying and asked to see his Cambodian Identity Card. At 10.30pm thatevening the village chief, accompanied by around 10 police officers, returnedto ask again for Mr. Ratha’s Identity Card. Again, on the morning of Monday 12June, around 20 police officers returned to ask for Mr. Ratha’s Identity Card.On each occasion Mr. Ratha refused to provide his card.Participatingin peaceful protest is a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom ofassembly, protected by international human rights law and the Cambodian Constitution.The authorities should cease their unjustified harassment and obstruction ofMr. Ratha.

Contact Information

For more information please contactCCHR’s Protecting Fundamental Freedoms Project Coordinator Ms. Ramana Sorn, viatelephone at +855 (0) 17 655 591 or email at [email protected]. [1] See Joint Statement: CSOs Call On Appeal Court to Overturn WrongfulConviction of Mother Nature Activists (29 January 2017)