The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has denounced that at least 24 activists have been arrested in Cambodia since the end of July, eight of them in September alone, which would mean “exacerbating intolerance” of the authorities towards the authorities, dissent and the suppression of fundamental freedoms, including freedom of expression.
The trigger for this new wave of repression would be the arrest of trade unionist Rong Chhun on July 31, who was arrested by around 30 members of the security forces in his home.
Twelve of the 24 people detained since then remain in prison, including a woman arrested on Monday after leaving the office of the Cambodia High Commissioner, while the remaining thirteen were released allegedly after signing a written pledge to end their defense activities of human rights.
Most of these activists are charged with incitement to crime. Also three environmentalists, two of them after posting on Facebook that they wanted to go to the prime minister’s house to uncover their environmental concerns about the lake development project.