Day of Crackdown 1 3 Lake Activists Imp risoned as Multi-Me dia Monk is Detaine d and Defrocked

The US government must stop the funding of the armed forces in Cambodia.

An emergency meeting of donors on Cambodia and the human rights situation must be held immediately.

The topic of the meeting should be:

1/ suspension and review of aid to Cambodia till economic land concessions are reviewed;

2/ stop the use of armed forces on

3/ preparations for 2013 free and fair elections.
We demand the immediate released of the 13 women and Venerable Loun Savath.

Human Rights Defenders Alert Phnom Penh, 24 May 2012

Day of Crackdown 13 Lake Activists Imprisoned as Multi-Media Monk is Detained and Defrocked

Thirteen women affected by the land

conflict at Phnom Penhs Boeung Kak

Lake who have led protests against the

eviction were today convicted by the

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on

charges of inciting others to take land

illegally under Article 504 of the Penal

Code and obtaining land illegally under

Articles 34, 259 of the Land Law Act

after being detained without charge for

a period of 48 hours. The 13 women

are Kong Chantha, Tol Sreypov, Tep

Vanny, Pov Sophea, Suong Samai, Pan

Chhunret, Heng Nom, Chan Navy, Po

Davy, Nguon Kimleang, Song Sreyleap,

Chheng Leap and Nget Kun. Seven of the women have been sentenced to two years and six months in prison, five have been sentenced to two years and one has been sentenced to a term of one year.

The Venerable Loun Savath, a prominent human-rights activist and monk joined some one hundred protestors outside the court today. As shown in this , at around 10am, Loun Savath was manhandled and forced into an unmarked Land Cruiser by policemen, army officers and unidentified men before being driven to Wat Botum Pagoda, where police and officials from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Cults and Religion barricaded him inside. As of 4pm, Wat Botum remained completely sealed off, with even fellow monks unable to gain access to the site. It was widely rumoured that Loun Sovath had been defrocked although a M inistry of Cults and Religion official has stated that this remains unclear. Last year, Loun Savath was banned from entering all pagodas in Phnom Penh as a result of his human rights and community activism.

In another development, a further two Boeung Kak representatives Ly Channary (female) and Say Sareoun (male) were arrested outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court at 2pm and taken to Phnom Penh Police Station where they are being held without charge.

Suon Bunthoeun, Human Rights Defenders Project Coordinator (tel: 012 48 35 46; e-mail: bunthoeun).

CCHR HRD Alert – Day of Crackdown 13 Lake Activists Imprisoned as Multi-Media Monk is Detained and Def rocked.pdf


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