Date of birth: September 10, 1958
Marital status: Married, with one son (37) and one daughter (23), and two grandchildren (13, 8)
Occupation: Senior Investigator, women and children’s rights section at ADHOC
Charges: Bribery of a witness (Criminal Code Article 548)
Possible prison sentence: 5-10 years’ imprisonment
Date of arrest: April 28, 2016
Date of Charge: May 2, 2016
Place of Detention: Prey Sar’s CC2 prison
“My mother should be awarded for the work she does for victims of rights abuses, not imprisoned.” – Un Bunnary, Lim Mony’s daughter
Lim Mony has been working to protect women’s rights since she started working at the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) in 1994. Today, she is a Senior Investigator for women and children’s rights and responsible for investigating women’s rights abuses both in Phnom Penh, and in the provinces. Many such cases involve helping victims of rape or domestic violence. Recently, she has been working on cases involving girls and young women trafficked overseas.
Her family is very proud of her and the work she does to help others. She often talks about human rights, and her daughter explains that her mother enjoys her work partly because they have been through some difficult times as a family and Lim Mony does not want other people to face the same problems that they have. “Many women do not know what their rights are, and do not know how to claim their rights. That’s why my mother wants to help women and children victims of rights abuse,” her daughter explains.
Lim Mony lives with her son and daughter, daughter-in law and two young grandchildren in Phnom Penh. She has been a single mother since 2005 – solely responsible for the household and the children. As a much-loved grandmother, Lim Mony’s incarceration has been hard on her family. It is difficult to explain to the grandchildren where their grandmother is, and since Lim Mony was imprisoned, all the household responsibilities fall on her daughter, which has caused her to miss weeks of her International Relations studies at Paññasastra university. Lim Mony’s son is disabled and is also in need of constant assistance. Her daughter particularly worries about Lim Mony’s health since she suffers from high blood pressure and back pain. She is a bad sleeper, and told her daughter that sharing a cell with so many people means she isn’t sleeping at all.
Her daughter wants Lim Mony to be released because she didn’t do anything wrong – she simply helped women and children victims of rights abuses. “My mother is a human rights defender who always does the right thing, and helps other people do to the right thing as well. My mother didn’t commit any crime – she should not be imprisoned.”
“When I meet my mother, I try to be strong, because I don’t want her to worry – but it is hard without her.“ – Un Bunnary, Lim Mony’s daughter