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Mr. Keo Remy Sent Letters to Embassies on Kem Sokha's Arrest

Opposition Sam Rainsy party's (SRP) legislator Keo Remy wrote official letters to several embassies in Phnom Penh appealing for them to hold talks with the government for the release of five people whom it imprisoned.

The letters' goal is to gather strength from among the countries which signed the 1991 Paris Accord, to lobby for the release of these men.

Mr. Cheam Channy, SRP member of parliament, was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment for allegedly wanting to form an armed group, Mr. Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive 105 FM radio station, and Mr. Rong Chhun, president of Cambodia Independent Teachers Association, were arrested on incitation charges and dissimenating wrong information related to border issues, Mr. Kem Sokha, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), and Mr. Yeng Virak, director of the Cambodian legal Education Center, were charged of defaming the government in connection with a banner displayed at the CCHR booth on International Human Rights Day, and now Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, CCHR's acting president, is arrested at the Cambodia -Laos border.

There is no reaction from the 15 embassies which Mr. Keo wrote yet.

Government spokesman Khieu Kanharith says that all requests regarding the release of those convicted will not be honored, and it is not the government that arrests those people, but rather the court.