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28 Nov 2022

LICADHO & 68 others

Cambodia: 69 CSOs call for release of Naga World union's leader and call on govt. and employers to respect labour rights

"Immediately Release Imprisoned Union Leader Chhim Sithar", 28 November 2022

We, …, call on the Cambodian government to stop being afraid of Chhim Sithar’s strength and bravery. We call for her immediate and unconditional release from prison and an end to the judicial harassment of the union’s leader and members.

Sithar, the recently re-elected president of the Labor Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld (LRSU), was arrested at immigration at the Phnom Penh airport …, as she was returning from the International Trade Union Confederation World Conference in Australia.

LRSU members have been on strike for nearly a year. The government’s response has been to beat, arrest, sexually harass and assault strikers. This latest arrest is an unacceptable continuation of this failed policy of repression…

Neither Sithar nor her lawyers were informed of any bail conditions. Her lawyers’ request to view her case file, which would have contained such bail conditions, was never granted, in violation of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Sithar was allowed by Cambodian immigration to leave the country earlier ...

“An independent, neutral and just court would promote and protect Sithar with the law,” said Khun Tharo, program coordinator at CENTRAL. “The arrest of a prominent labour activist is a serious violation of human and labour rights, as the charge from the court has no legal basis.”…

We call for the immediate release of Chhim Sithar, and for all charges to be dropped against her and her fellow LRSU leaders and members…

Part of the following timelines

Cambodia: Union members arrested after leading strike; NagaWorld casino announces layoffs and slashes pay, despite profitable year

Cambodia: Union members arrested after leading strike; NagaWorld casino announces layoffs and slashes pay, despite profitable year