Justice Delayed For Jailed Activists, RFA Journalists in Cambodia

Family members and colleagues of detained labor and border activist Rong Chhun and youth activist Sar Kanika said they are disappointed that the Phnom Penh Municipal Court denied their bail requests following a hearing on Tuesday.

The two activists did not appear at their hearings because of court concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus in the prison where they are being held following an outbreak in the country in March.

Rong Vichea, nephew of jailed union leader Rong Chhun, criticized the court’s decision as unjust and urged authorities to release the two activists.

“The court needs to reconsider the case,” he said. “I hope that the government will consider releasing my uncle. As a family member, I am very concerned about his health.”

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RFA’s Khmer Service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.