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Activist Set To Receive Recognition in Boston

  • Heng Reaksmey
  • VOA Khmer

Yorm Bopha, right, a Boeung Kak lake villager, enters a court room for her hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

Yorm Bopha, right, a Boeung Kak lake villager, enters a court room for her hearing at the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.

Housing rights activist Yorm Bopha, who spent nearly a year in jail for leading demonstrations, will receive a reward and recognition for her work.

The James Lawson Award, named for an American activist and given for nonviolent achievements, will grant her $6,000 in Boston later this month, Yorm Bopha said Tuesday.

Yorm Bopha, 31, has been at the forefront of a movement of housing rights activists angered by forced evictions by development companies and Cambodian authorities.

She was arrested in December 2012 during demonstrations in Phnom Penh and held for nearly a full year before she was released.

“This award shows that our demands so far are acknowledged internationally,” she said Tuesday. “This award makes Khmer women strong and non-violent in their demands.”
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