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Cambodia: A missing land activist has been found in good health conditions after he had disappeared for nearly three months

Author: Soth Koemsoeun, The Phnom Penh Post, Published on: 1 April 2019

"Missing land activist found", 1 April 2019

A land activist involved in a dispute who disappeared … reunited with his wife in Phnom Penh ...

Sum Meun disappeared in Oddar Meanchey province …, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) calling on the government to reveal his whereabouts, while a provincial governor said the 54-year-old had disappeared and was in hiding in fear of being arrested.

Meun and his wife, Phin Mao, are one of 339 families locked in a land dispute with the Metrei Pheap company on the border between Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces.

Preah Vihear provincial governor Un Chanda told … that Meun, whose family had said he was missing, met Mao in Phnom Penh ... Mao reported his reappearance to the police…

Mao told … that she had found her husband after friends saw him in Preah Sihanouk province and informed her of his whereabouts…

Licadho investigation officer Am Sam Ath told … that he went to meet Meun after being informed that he had reappeared. He said he found Meun weak, pale and thin, while his left hand shook. However, he said his mental health appeared good…

…, HRW urged the Cambodian authorities to show Meun to the public after his arrest … over the land dispute…

Fourteen villagers have ... been charged and put into pre-trial detention in provincial prisons over grabbing and clearing land in a protected area, Licadho has said.

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