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Trial begins in Phnom Penh for Cambodian workers seeking better wages

Author: Deutsche Welle (Germany), Published on: 25 April 2014

Twenty-three Cambodian activists and workers arrested during a deadly crackdown on a garment industry strike…went on trial…despite international appeals for their release. During the protests in January…police opened fire on textile workers calling for a monthly minimum wage of $160 (115 euros), killing at least four civilians...[The] 23 defendants - most detained for months now without bail - could face up to five years' imprisonment on charges including committing intentional violence…Cambodia's garment manufacturing sector makes up an important part of the country's economy, producing clothes for big-name international brands including Nike, H&M and Gap, with workers earning notoriously low wages…The International Trade Union Confederation has launched a campaign to "Free the 23," urging workers to lobby Cambodian embassies around the world. In Phnom Penh…hundreds of supporters gathered holding signs demanding the release of the prisoners…

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