#FreeThe5KH

Since 28 April 2016, five Cambodian human rights defenders – four senior staff members from the NGO Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Mr. Ny Sokha, Mr. Yi Soksan, Mr. Nay Vanda and Ms. Lim Mony, and deputy secretary-general of the National Election Committee (and former ADHOC staff member) Mr. Ny Chakrya – have been detained in regard to the advice and legitimate reimbursement of food and transport costs provided to the woman alleged to have had an extra-marital relationship with deputy opposition leader.

On 2 May, the four ADHOC staff were indicted with bribing a witness, and Ny Chakrya was indicted as an accomplice to the same crime. United Nations (UN) staffer Mr. Soen Sally was also indicted as an accomplice; however, he remains free due to his immunity as a UN official. That same day, Chakrya was transferred to Police Judiciare and the four ADHOC staff were transferred to Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison. The charges bear all the hallmarks of being politically motivated, amounting to legal harassment.

The five have now spent over 300 days in prison.

While they may be behind bars, the five have not been forgotten.

#FreeThe5KH aims to garner support for the detained human rights defenders, to remind them that the public has not forgotten about their cause and to help keep their morale high while they remain in arbitrary detention.

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300 Days of Separation

In this new video released by Freethe5KH to mark 300 days of arbitrary detention for the five, their families talk about their feelings after being separated from their loved ones for so long, and call on the Cambodian authorities to release them.

Two months after the launch of the #Freethe5KH campaign, people around the world are showing their support for the five human rights defenders

While many Cambodians returned to their hometowns over the Pchum Ben weekend, not everybody was lucky enough to be able to celebrate the holidays at home with their families. The five human rights defenders – Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan, Nay Vanda, Lim Mony, and Ny Chakrya – remain inside Prey Sar prison or Police Judiciaire … Continue reading Two months after the launch of the #Freethe5KH campaign, people around the world are showing their support for the five human rights defenders

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