PHNOM PENH —
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.”