Cambodia: Land rights activist Tep Vanny sentenced to 2.5 years in prison over charges related to 2013 protest

Tep Vanny is one of Cambodia's most prominent land rights activists who has led numerous protests against the eviction of thousands of residents of Boeung Kak Lake in Phnom Penh.

The International Commission of Jurists has described the verdict as "part of an escalating and systematic strategy to legally harass human rights defenders and political opponents into silence." More details below.

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24 February 2017

Amid land grabs and evictions, Cambodia jails leading activist

Author: Alisa Tang & Prak Chan Thul, Reuters

Even before a Cambodian judge sentenced land rights activist Tep Vanny to jail, her fellow campaigners said her fate had already been sealed.

Vanny - who fought the evictions of thousands of residents from lakeside land in the capital Phnom Penh to make way for a luxury real estate project - was sentenced to two and a half years in prison…for her role in a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence in 2013.

She was found guilty of inciting violence and assaulting security guards while trying to deliver a petition to Hun Sen on the land dispute.

The conviction came in the face of eyewitness testimony that neither Vanny or other protesters had committed acts of violence and was criticized by campaigners as another step in a crackdown on dissent in the Southeast Asian nation…

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23 February 2017

Activist Tep Vanny Sentenced to More Than Two Years in Prison

Author: Sek Odom, Cambodia Daily

Tep Vanny, one of the country’s most prominent rights activists, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison…over charges related to a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh mansion in 2013.

The decision is the latest in what is widely seen as a government offensive against critics, from activists and human rights defenders to political analysts and opposition officials. Ms. Vanny is among at least 25 political prisoners in the country, according to rights group Licadho…

Ms. Vanny was also ordered to compensate two state security guards, Hor Hoeun and Uk Rotana, 4 million riel (about $1,000) and 5 million riel (about $1,250) in compensation, respectively.

The activist claims that it was the security guards who attacked the protesters during the demonstration, in which 30 residents of the capital’s eviction-hit Boeng Kak neighborhood attempted to deliver a petition seeking the release of fellow activist Yorm Bopha…

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