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2 Jan 2022

Mech Dara & Khan Leakhena, VOD

Cambodia: Phnom Penh Court question six union members while four remain at the police facility; 10 union members arrested after 13-day strike at NagaWorld

"Six NagaWorld Unionists Questioned at Phnom Penh Court: Rights Group", 2 January 2022

At least six NagaWorld union members were presented for questioning before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court ..., according to a local rights group, two days after authorities arrested 10 people in a crackdown on New Year’s Eve.

At least nine people were arrested from the Labor Rights Supporting Union office ..., with the union releasing a statement over the weekend saying a tuk-tuk driver who ferried materials for the union was also arrested ... A 10th individual was arrested outside NagaWorld 2.

The authorities have labeled the 14-day strike as an illegal demonstration, and hundreds of security personnel disrupted the workers’ protest ...

Am Sam Ath, Licadho’s deputy director for monitoring, said six individuals had been taken to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court ... and then taken back to municipal police headquarters.

According to Licadho, the six unionists sent to court ... were: Touch Sereymeas, Hai Sopheap, Re Sovandy, Kleang Sobin, Chhim Sokhorn and Sun Sreypich. Sam Ath said the remaining four union members were still at the police headquarters...

The LRSU statement alleged that police had used excessive force during the arrests, surrounded the union’s office with cars, seized documents, and had now blocked the premises...

Chhim Sithar, LRSU’s president and one of the fired workers, said the arrests were aimed at disrupting the strike, but the protest would stop only when there was a fair solution.

“The workers’ nine points have not been solved yet and instead they arrested the [union] representatives, and the protest will not stop unless there is reasonable and acceptable compensation,” she said...