On Wednesday morning, February 11th, over 300 people gathered in front of the Ministry of Interior demanding the release of the activists that were arrested and sentenced in November of last year. Representatives of 20 communities from Phnom Penh and 17 communities from the provinces were in attendance.
They then marched to the Ministry of Justice to deliver a petition calling for the activists’ release and an end to forced evictions. By 11:30 a representative from the Ministry of Justice came out to accept the petition. Afterwards, the demonstrators marched to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court to deliver copies of the same petition.
Bouv Sorphea, a prominent activist from the Boeung Kak community, doubted the effectiveness of the Ministry of Justice even after submitting the petition. “Obviously, we have seen that the Ministry of Justice brings no justice, so please, just close the ministry” (Cambodia Daily, Feb 12th).