Year in prison for Cambodian human rights defenders

Five Cambodian human rights defenders have spent one year in pre-trial detention. Their detention is widely criticized and seen as politically motivated. For Deutsche Welle I looked into the facts behind their detention.

A motorbike passes a campaign banner to release the Adhoc 5. Photo: Ate Hoekstra

“When Nay Vanda gave up his job as an English professor in 2008, he did so because he wanted to defend the rights of his fellow countrymen. He joined Adhoc, Cambodia’s oldest human rights organization.

But it’s been one year since Vanda was incarcerated along with three of his colleagues and Ny Chakrya, the deputy secretary general of Cambodia’s National Election Committee. The Adhoc 5 – the name given to the five detainees – are accused of bribing a witness.”

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