Detention of Head of Beehive Radio-Mam Sonando

Mam Sonando return to Cambodia, a few weeks before his detention on 17 July, 2013.

The Ministry of Interior refused to give me and my colleagues the authorization to visit Mam Sonando yesterday. They refer the request to the the municipality court.

This is about pushing people around when authorities are afraid of taking responsibility.


3 August 2012:

Centre for Law and Democracy, along with Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and
the International Federation of Journalists – Asia Pacific, have drafted
an open letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to protest the
detention of Mam Sonando, an independent broadcaster and prominent critic
of Cambodia’s government.

Mr. Sonando currently stands accused of attempting to form a secession
movement in the province of Kratie. He is facing up to 30 years in prison,
as is currently being detained in Cambodia’s notoriously overcrowded Prey
Sar prison in Phnom Penh. He has been arrested twice before on spurious
charges after publicly criticising the Cambodian government. The arrest
was announced the day after Mr. Sonando appeared at the International
Criminal Court for a presentation by the Khmer People Power Movement to
the Office of the Prosecutor on alleged crimes against humanity by the
Cambodian government.

CLD believes that Mr. Sonando was arrested for exercising his right to
freedom of expression. We call on the Cambodian authorities to immediately
and unconditionally release him and to drop all of the charges against
him.

You can read the Open Letter at: http://www.law-democracy.org/?p=2334

 

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