Petitioning the Ministry of (In)Justice: Free Bopha!

“We came here to give petition to the Ministry to find resolution for us, in particular Mrs. Yorm Bopha’s case; she is not a criminal like the court accused her and put her in the jail many months ago. She has no fault. She is just a land activist standing up to protect our land and house,” Tep Vanny, BKL representative.

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On Feb. 18, some 100 Boeung Kak community members gathered at the Ministry of Justice to call for the release of Yorm Bopha. The residents waited until noon for a representative of the Ministry to receive the petition, but no one came. In the afternoon, some 40 residents returned; they first attempted to submit a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cabinet but were blocked by around 90 police. The group subsequently returned to the Ministry; in the late afternoon, their petition was finally accepted. Photos courtesy of Licadho Canada.

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