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Cambodia: Court sets a trial date for union leaders charged following deadly protests in early 2014 after Prime Minister’s intervention

"Lethal protest union leaders’ trial date set", 3 December 2018

Phnom Penh Municipal Court has set this Friday as the start of the trial of six union leaders who were charged following protests after the 2013 national elections where demands to raise the minimum wage for garment factory workers turned violent.

A letter from prosecutor Ly Sophana to lawyer Choung Choungy,…, said the municipal court will begin hearing the cases on Friday…

Six presidents including those of the Free Trade Union (FTU) Chea Mony; Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU) Ath Thorn; Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) Yang Sophorn; Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) Pav Sina; and Cambodian Confederation of Unions (CCU) Rong Chhun face four charges.

They are: “Intentional acts of violence with aggravating circumstances”; “intentionally causing damage with aggravating circumstances”; “threats to destroy followed by an order”; and “blocking public traffic”…

In late 2013, the workers protested along Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Boulevard to demand an increase in the wage to $160 after the government raised it to $95 from $80…

Prime Minister Hun Sen … called for the courts to speed up the trials involving the union leaders…

The Ministry of Labour on … told the union leaders to report their cases to the ministry...

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