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Mourning Begins for Loss of Rights Defender

Local rights workers, family, friends and dignitaries on Thursday attended a mourning ceremony for rights investigator Chan Soveth, who died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 51. He probe alleged abuse since 1996 for local NGO, Adhoc. Chan Soveth’s remains were on display at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where many gathered to mourn his passing.
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The funeral of Chan Soveth, human rights investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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The funeral of Chan Soveth, human rights investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

The monks are leaving the funeral service of Chan Soveth funeral​​ at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December​ 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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The monks are leaving the funeral service of Chan Soveth funeral​​ at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December​ 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party joins Chan Soveth’s funeral, human investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, December​ 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party joins Chan Soveth’s funeral, human investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, December​ 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

The funeral of Chan Soveth, human rights investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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The funeral of Chan Soveth, human rights investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Sam Rainsy, (middle) Cambodia National Rescue Party President joins Chan Soveth’s human investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, December​ 11, 2014.  (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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Sam Rainsy, (middle) Cambodia National Rescue Party President joins Chan Soveth’s human investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, December​ 11, 2014.  (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Mou Sochua, (left) Cambodia National Rescue Party member and Am Sam Ath, (middle) lead investigator for the rights group Lichado  joins Chan Soveth’s human investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, December​ 11, 2014.  (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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Mou Sochua, (left) Cambodia National Rescue Party member and Am Sam Ath, (middle) lead investigator for the rights group Lichado  joins Chan Soveth’s human investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, December​ 11, 2014.  (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

The funeral of Chan Soveth, human rights investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)
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The funeral of Chan Soveth, human rights investigator for local NGO, Adhoc, at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia,December 11, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

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