Nearly 200 representatives from local rights and development organizations on Thursday submitted a petition to foreign embassies in Phnom Penh, calling for help in freeing 23 detained protesters from a remote facility near the Vietnam border.
Nearly 200 representatives from local rights and development organizations on Thursday submitted a petition to foreign embassies in Phnom Penh.
About 200 people took part in the ceremony, on the street outside the Wat Lanka pagoda where Chea Vichea was shot.
A day after nearly a dozen activists were briefly detained and later released, rights advocates say Cambodia’s progress toward democracy continues to falter.
កម្មករកាត់ដេរច្រើនរយនាក់ ព្រះសង្ឃនិងមេដឹកនាំគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិដង្ហែក្បួននៅថ្ងៃពុធនេះ ដើម្បីរំឭកខួប១០ឆ្នាំនៃឃាតកម្មលើលោកជា វិជ្ជា។
Meanwhile, opposition supporters for the Cambodia National Rescue Party saw their own gathering disrupted, this one in Kandal province, outside the capital.
A handful of influential protest leaders were grabbed by police and briefly detained Tuesday, released only after they signed promises not to join in more anti-government rallies.
The arrests took place in front of the US Embassy, where protesters had gathered to submit a petition calling for the release of 23 detainees caught up in demonstration crackdowns earlier this month.
More than 500 Cambodian-American protesters gathered outside the White House in Washington on Monday, demanding the release of 23 detained protesters still being held in a remote facility.
The demonstrations went peacefully Friday, and representatives from each embassy and agency accepted the petitions without incident.
The UN’s special human rights envoy to Cambodia says he will consider mediating political talks between Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties.
The envoy, Surya Subedi, is in Phnom Penh on a fact-finding mission, following the deadly crackdowns on protesters workers earlier this month.