Land Rights Activists Released Following Royal Pardon

On 11th April 2015, the 10 women land activists who were imprisoned in November 2014  were released from Prey Sar prison (CC2) following a pardon from the King of Cambodia. More than 200 people from different communities, representatives from CSOs and media were standing outside the prison gate in order to welcome them as they left Prey Sar. 

At approximately 5:30 pm, 10 land activists arrived at Boeung Kak Lake, where many residents were waiting to welcome them. A welcome party was also organised for them, with around 100 people from different communities, civil society organisations and media.

An outspoken land and housing rights activist and prominent protest leader, Mrs Tep Vanny, said that they were surprised and delighted to be released from prison but they still think that they were arrested under unjust and arbitrary condition. She confirmed that she will continue to lead protests to ask for the recognition of their rights to decent living conditions, and for the resolution of long-standing land disputes.

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