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Demand Release of Wrongfully Detained Demonstrators - ForceChange

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Goal: Release Cambodian garment workers violently arrested during strike.

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Beverly M. (88)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:21 am
Cambodian officials recently arrested 23 workers during a violent crackdown on a group of garment industry workers on strike. The group of strikers were detained without outside contact and without treatment for their police-inflicted injuries. As a result of the violence, a ban on protests has been imposed.

Recently, garment workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia took to the industrial district to stage peaceful strike demonstrations for increased wages. Government officials, including army forces, were deployed and used excessive force to disperse the crowd, injuring dozens and killing four. Officials were seen firing military assault rifles into crowds of striking workers.

Twenty-three demonstrators were arrested, and held without access to their lawyers or families after their short court appearances. They were detained at the CC3 prison, a facility generally used to house convicted criminals in poor conditions. The prison was presumably chosen for its far distance from the city.

Among the arrested were prominent rights activists and labor leaders. Nearly five days after the initial arrests, they were finally allowed to consult with their lawyers and visit with their families. They also received medical treatment for the injuries sustained days earlier.

The violent incident prompted the government to impose an immediate ban on demonstrations. There is a large police presence in places where people are likely to gather, and those that attempt any further protests are being detained. This is a violation of freedoms of expression, association, and assembly under many human rights agreements to which Cambodia is a party.

These peaceful demonstrators are being held simply for protesting their wages in a demonstration escalated by police. Demand that every activist arrested as a result of this protest be released, and that Cambodia immediately lift its ban on public protests.


Mary T. (339)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:26 am
Thank you Beverly - signed & noted

AniMae C. (471)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:58 am
Your signature has been recorded.

Frances Darcy (231)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 11:14 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 11:37 am

Michela m. (4053)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:03 pm

Natasha Salgado (660)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 1:59 pm
Done-thx Beverly

Mitchell D. (131)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:03 pm
1. Your signature has been recorded. Please spread the word.

A F. (129)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 3:30 pm
done thanks

Ondine J. (130)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 8:11 pm
Noted and signed,thanks

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Sunday January 12, 2014, 10:54 pm
noted and signed

Robert O. (12)
Monday January 13, 2014, 12:19 am
Signed. Thanks Beverly.

Kaileen Reynolds (60)
Monday January 13, 2014, 4:30 am
Done. Thanks.

Judy T. (227)
Monday January 13, 2014, 5:30 am
Signed. Thank you, Beverly!

Neill Abayon (690)
Monday January 13, 2014, 9:30 am
Noted, signed and shared.

Ben Oscarsito (370)
Monday January 13, 2014, 9:31 am

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Monday January 13, 2014, 4:37 pm
petition signed

Angelene B. (148)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 11:11 am

Lynn Juozilaitis (141)
Tuesday January 14, 2014, 10:14 pm
Thank you Beverly! I've signed, noted & shared this on FB
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