Environmental activist group suspends work in Cambodia

A Cambodian environmental protection group is suspending operations in Cambodia amid concerns for the safety of its activists, many of whom have been detained and jailed on charges widely thought to be politically motivated, the group’s founder said in an interview this week.

Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, a Spanish environmentalist, told RFA in an interview Monday that the Mother Nature NGO still exists, however, and has not closed its doors. Instead, it will wait to see the outcome of court proceedings against six of its activists recently released on bail, he said.

“Their case files are now in the hands of the investigating judges pending their cases being brought to trial,” Davidson said. “We will continue our activities, but not with our youth activist members working inside Cambodia,” he said.

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Reported by RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Sok Ry Sum. Written in English by Richard Finney.