At 2pm yesterday, January 22nd, 11 of the “Free the 19” activists were heard at the Phnom Penh Court of Appeal. Over 300 people gathered outside the court to show their support for the activists. Some wore yellow bows while others had white balloon or lotus flowers. Someone even built a small Styrofoam landscape submerged in water, depicting the Boeung Kak community and its flooding problems. On the microphone, monks chanted prayers and children of the imprisoned activists sang songs.
“Inside the courtroom, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Member of Parliament Mu Sochua and UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, Surya Subedi were in attendance. Representatives from the UK, German, U.S., Swedish, and Australian embassies, the European Union, Human Rights Watch, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and UN Women in Cambodia were also present” (LICADHO, January 22nd 2015).
10 of the wrongly convicted female activists and 1 monk were all questioned until about 6:30 in the evening. The Court of Appeal then announced that they would give a verdict on January 26th 2015 at 8am.