“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.
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.