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Cambodia: Phnom Penh Municipal Court hears the trials of six union leaders after PM's call to expedite the judicial procedures

"Court opens trial of unionists", 7 December 2018

Phnom Penh Municipal Court opened the trials of six union leaders concerning their roles in the violent protests following the 2013 election and will announce its verdict on December 11.  None of the accused was present.

The six union leaders are: Chea Mony, former president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia; Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union; Yang Sophorn, president of the Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions; Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers; former unionist Rong Chhun; and Mom Nhim, president of the National Independent Federation Textile Unions of Cambodia.

They are charged with intent to commit violence, intent to cause damage, threats to cause damage and obstructing traffic during the massive protests in late December 2013/early 2014 by garment workers demanding a higher minimum wage...

The lawyers representing Mr Thorn, Ms Sophorn, Mr Chhun and Mr Sina said that there is no evidence of their clients’ involvement in such actions, and asked that the charges be dropped.

The Garment Manufacturers Association wrote to the court ... withdrawing its complaint against the unionists.

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