Cambodia: Beaten human rights activists become suspects in assault case
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Cambodia: Beaten human rights activists become suspects in assault case

A warrant has been issued against human rights activists Am Sam Ath and Chan Puthisak, on charges that they incited an attack on two security guards in October 2016. The charges ran contrary to video footage disseminated after the event clearly showing that Ath and Puthisak were the victims of the assault. Opposition lawmakers have expressed their concern at security forces’ ability to escape accountability through anonymity, and Amnesty International has called on the government to drop the charges. Rights organizations are concerned that the case falls within a wider pattern of judicial intimidation in Cambodia, with 26 activists currently incarcerated in the country--many of whom were arrested following clashes during protests in 2014.


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