10 January 2006 Stop the continuing arrest of Human Rights Defenders in Cambodia
FORUM-ASIA is extremely alarmed at the continuing arrests of Cambodians, especially Human Rights Defenders, for the expression of their opinions.
In 2005, journalist Mam Sonando and trade unionist Rong Chhun were arrested and detained on charges related to the public expression of opinions. Similar charges were filed against other individuals, including Chea Mony, Ear Channa and Men Nath, who fled Cambodia. Most recently, well known Human Rights Defenders Mr. Kem Sokha and Mr. Yeng Virak, were arrested on 31 December 2005, and Mr. Pa Nguon Teang on 4 January 2006, ironically in relation to peaceful activities organized by them and many others to celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2005.