Cambodian labor leader arrested for political comments

Cambodian labor leader arrested for political comments


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) – A prominent Cambodian labor union leader who is a long-time government critic was arrested on a charge of inciting social unrest because of his comments about a politically sensitive matter concerning the country’s borders.

Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, was arrested Friday night at his home and taken to court Saturday to hear the charge against him. If found guilty, he is liable to six months to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of 1 million to 4 million riels ($244-976).

He had also served on the national election committee of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party before it was dissolved by court order in November 2017, ahead of the 2018 general election. The court’s action was generally seen as intended to ensure victory for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian Peoples Party.

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Rong Chhun on Wednesday led several dozen factory workers to present a petition at Hun Sen’s residence

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