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Cambodia: End the prosecution of 23 workers and human rights defenders

Author: Fédération internationale des ligues des droits de l'Homme (FIDH), Published on: 24 April 2014

The Cambodian government must drop all charges on the 23 garment workers and human rights defenders arrested during the 2-3 January brutal suppression of demonstrators in Phnom Penh which resulted in at least four people killed and dozens injured, FIDH and its member organizations…said…Cambodia’s judiciary must end this baseless prosecution of garment workers and human rights defenders who have been severely beaten, arbitrarily arrested, and detained for several months for peacefully demonstrating to demand an adequate minimum wage…At least one of those detained is in need of urgent medical treatment. Despite suffering from serious kidney ailments, Vorn Pov was denied bail on four occasions…FIDH, ADHOC, and LICADHO also call on the Cambodian authorities to thoroughly investigate the disappearance of Khem Sophath, a 16-year-old boy who has been missing since the 3 January violence…

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