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The Price of Freedom in Cambodia

23 activists detained during govt. crackdown on 2 January, 2014.

23 activists detained during govt. crackdown on 2 January.

https://news.vice.com/articles/a-totalitarian-tour-of-cambodia

After 4 months in detention the 21 remaining will be put on trial on 25 April, 2014.

I will be there to witness the trial.

We hope the govt. will see the negative impact it can have on Cambodia should they be found guilty and sentenced.

Systematic Use of Force to Silence Free Speech

Press Conference- 22 April, 2014

Press Conference- 22 April, 2014

Citing Article 401 of the Cambodia Constitution that stipulates freedom of speech, of assembly, of publications,

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Article 28 of the Peaceful Demonstration Law that stipulates the creation of Freedom park at every city, Mu Sochua reiterates her intention for going to Freedom Park : “I am using the Constitution and the law to protect my rights. I defend my freedom of speech. if I am abusing any laws, then arrest me. Not order is higher than the law and no laws are higher than the Constitution”.

Testimonies of the witnesses

Victims of the 21 April crackdown at Freedom Park-Phto Phnom Penh Post.

Victims of the 21 April crackdown at Freedom Park-Phto Phnom Penh Post.


CNRP , MP-elect hit by security guard at Freedom Park- 21 April,, 2014 - photo by Ben Woods.

CNRP , MP-elect hit by security guard at Freedom Park- 21 April,, 2014 – photo by Ben Woods.

Lim Kim-Ya “I took picture of the vice-governor of Daunh Penh district.He then gave the order to the security guards to hit me”.

CNRP official hit at Freedom Park- 21 April, 2014. Photo Ben Woods

CNRP official hit at Freedom Park- 21 April, 2014. Photo Ben Woods

Chum Penh saravoan , CNRP official “I was taking picture of my colleague who savagely knocked to the ground by the security guards and I was hit from the back. I could have been even more hurt had I not rush for cover”

The systematic use of the “black helmets” or hired security guards

There is well documented pattern of violence;
it is not at random;
It is repressive;
it is ordered by the deputy governor in charge of the armed forces.

The "black helmets"

The “black helmets”

Action to be taken by CNRP

Will submit a letter to the Minister of Interior to:

1/ suspend the vice governor of Daunh Penh district;

2/ create an independent investigation committee to investigate past crack downs

Legal action

Victims of 21 April crack down at Freedom Park will file a joint law suit against the vice governor of Daunh Penh district.

THe CNRP lawyer Ket Ky will counsel the victims.

Sok Pengvuth, vice governor of Daunh Penh district

Sok Pengvuth, vice governor of Daunh Penh district


Law suit against Sok Pengvuth, vice governor of Khan Daunh Penh to be filed next week by the victims of the 21 April crackdown.

Freedom Park is Not Free

Opposition MP-elect hit on the face by security guard.

Opposition MP-elect hit on the face by security guard.

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/helmeted-govt-guards-beat-onlookers-at-freedom-park-56882/

Day 6 at Freedom Park-Pushed Against the Wall

I had to hang on to this security guard or the forces that pushed me against the wall would have crushed me

Pro-government Quick Reaction Unit is accusing me of breaking the law and of using violence against the security guards

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Journey to Freedom Park in Review

Day 6 - Security guards spreading terror on onlookers.

Day 6 – Security guards spreading terror on onlookers.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fresh-violence-freedom-park

Journey to Freedom Park

Day 6 - 21 April, 2014

Day 6 – 21 April, 2014

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fresh-violence-freedom-park