Cambodian Opposition Politicians
and Activists Behind Bars

Kim Sok

Mr. Kem Sokha

President of the CNRP

Kem Sokha was arrested around midnight on September 3, 2017. He was immediately sent to Trapeang Phlong prison, in remote Tbaung Khmom province. Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Sieng Sok formally charged him on September 5 with conspiring with a foreign power to “foment hostilities or acts of aggression against Cambodia,” in accordance with Article 443 of Cambodia’s Criminal Code. His arrest came after Prime Minister Hun Sen accused him of plotting to topple the government with support from the United States.

Kim Sok

Mr. Chao Veasna

CNRP Poipet Commune Chief, Banteay Meanchey province

This Khmer-Krom origin Poipet Commune Chief was sent to Banteay Meanchey provincial prison on February 16, 2017 for detention following a four-hour interrogation by investigating judge of Banteay Meanchey provincial court. He was charged with incitement to commit violence with extenuating circumstances, allegedly committed in front of the Poipet Customs and Excise Office in May 2015.

Kim Sok

Mr. Chhun Sithi

CNRP councilor of Stung Kach commune, Pailin Province

Mr. Chhun Sithi was arrested by the Pailin Provincial Police Commissioner on October 24, 2017, a day after he posted a video clip with a message to Prime Minister Hun Sen stating that he would not defect to the ruling party, even if the CNRP was dissolved or that resulted in the loss of his position.

Kim Sok

Kim Sok

Social and Political Commentator

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced political analyst Kim Sok on August 10, 2017 to 18 months in prison. The court found him guilty of defamation for allegedly suggesting during an interview with RFA that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party orchestrated the 2016 murder of popular political pundit Kem Lay. The court ordered Kim Sok to pay 800 million riels ($200,000) in compensation to Hun Sen, and an 8 million riels ($2,000) fine to the state.

Ven Sopheap

Ven Sopheap, also known as Sam Sopheap

Migrant worker in Thailand

Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced Ven Sopheap, 27, to two years in jail and fined him 2 million riels [US$500.00] over the charges of making a death threat to Prime Minister Hun Sen and inciting discrimination against Vietnamese via Facebook posts. He was arrested by Interior Ministry’s cybercrimes department on October 27, 2016 after returning from Thailand to visit his homeland in Prey Veng province.

Ny Chakrya

Ny Chakrya

Deputy Secretary-General of the National Election Committee (NEC)

Ny Chakrya was sent to Police Judiciare (PJ) prison for temporary detention after Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged him as an accomplice in a bribery of a witness, under articles 29 and 548 of the Criminal Code. He was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on April 28, 2016 and was sent to the court on May 1, 2016 over a corruption complaint brought against him by Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom. He was released conditionally on June 29, 2017 following a 427-day pre-trial detention.

Lim Mony

Lim Mony

Deputy Head of Women and Children’s Rights Section of ADHOC

Lim Mony has been temporarily detained in CC2 prison over charges of bribing a witness, under article 548 of the Criminal Code. She was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on April 28, 2016 and was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 1, 2016 over a corruption complaint brought against her by Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom. She was released conditionally on June 29, 2017 following a 427-day pre-trial detention.

Ny Sokha

Ny Sokha

Head of Human Rights Monitoring Section of ADHOC

Ny Sokha has been temporarily detained in CC1 prison over charges of bribing a witness, under article 548 of the Criminal Code. He was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on April 27, 2016 and was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 1, 2016 over a corruption complaint brought against him by Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom. He was released conditionally on June 29, 2017 following a 427-day pre-trial detention.

Nay Vanda

Nay Vanda

Deputy Head of Human Rights Monitoring Section of ADHOC

Nay Vanda has been temporarily detained in CC1 prison over charges of bribing a witness, under article 548 of the Criminal Code. He was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on April 27, 2016 and was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 1, 2016 over a corruption complaint brought against him by Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom. He was released conditionally on June 29, 2017 following a 427-day pre-trial detention.

Yi Soksan

Yi Soksan

Head of Land and Natural Resources Section of ADHOC

Yi Soksan has been temporarily detained in CC1 prison over charges of bribing a witness, under article 548 of the Criminal Code. He was questioned by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on April 28, 2016 and was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court on May 1, 2016 over a corruption complaint brought against him by Khom Chandaraty, also known as Srey Mom. He was released conditionally on June 29, 2017 following a 427-day pre-trial detention.

Tep Vanny

Tep Vanny

Land Rights Activist

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced land activist and human rights campaigner Tep Vanny on February 23, 2017 to two and a half years in prison and a fine of 5 million riels [about US$1,250] for “aggravated intentional violence.” She was also ordered to compensate two state security guards, the plaintiffs, 9 million riels [about US$2,250] in compensation, after she allegedly used violence against security guards during a protest outside Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh mansion in March 2013. Rights groups have condemned the verdict and demanded that she be freed. On August 8, 2017, an appeals court upheld the ruling.

Um Sam An

Um Sam An

CNRP Member of Parliament, Siem Reap Constituency

Um Sam An was sentenced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on October 10, 2016 to two and a half years in jail and four million riels (about U.S.$ 976) fine, in accordance with articles 495 and 496 of the Criminal Code. He was charged over incitement to cause discrimination and to commit a felony after he accused the Cambodian government of using fake maps to demarcate the Cambodia-Vietnam border. He was arrested at midnight on April 11, 2016 after arriving in Siem Reap from the United States.

Hong Sok Hour

Hong Sok Hour

Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) Senator and CNRP Senior Official

Hong Sok Hour was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 7, 2016 to seven years in jail on three charges, namely: incitement, forging a public document and using a forged document in relation to Cambodia-Vietnam border issues. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued him an arrest warrant on August 14, 2015, two days after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered his arrest despite his parliamentary immunity. The Prime Minister accused him of treason and said forged a 1979 border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam stating that the two countries agrees to “dissolve” its common border. He was released on October 25, 2017 following the King granted him amnesty.

Meach Sovannara

Meach Sovannara

CNRP Senior Official

Meach Sovannara was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to 20 years in jail on charges of joining and leading a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Oeur Narit

Oeur Narit

CNRP Activist

Oeur Narit was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to 20 years in jail on charges of joining and leading a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Ouk Pechsamnang

Ouk Pechsamnang

CNRP Activist

Ouk Pechsamnang was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to 20 years in jail on charges of joining and leading a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Neang Sokhun

Neang Sokhun

CNRP Activist

Neang Sokhun was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

An Batham

An Batham

CNRP Activist

An Batham was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Sum Puthy

Sum Puthy

CNRP Activist

Sum Puthy was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Khin Chamreun

Khin Chamreun

CNRP Activist

Khin Chamreun was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to 20 years in jail on charges of joining and leading a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Keo Khim

Keo Khim

CNRP Activist

He was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Yun Kimhour

Yun Kimhour

CNRP activist

The investigating judge of Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued Yun Kimhour a detention order and sent him to Prey Sar prison on August 5, 2015, on charges of joining the riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

San Kimheng

San Kimheng

CNRP Activist

San Kimheng was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

San Seyhak

San Seyhak

CNRP Activist

San Seyhak was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Tep Narin

Tep Narin

CNRP Activist

Tep Narin was sentenced by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 21, 2015 to seven years in jail on charges of joining a riot at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Norng Sarith

Norng Sarith

Bavet City Councilor from Sam Rainsy Party

Svay Rieng Provincial Court charged Norng Sarith with forging a public document and incitement to commit a felony. He was arrested on November 19, 2015 after he had posted on Facebook a fake birth certificate belonging to a villager, insinuating that Svay Rieng is located in Vietnam.

Sok Sam Ean

Sok Sam Ean

CNRP Activist

Svay Rieng Provincial Court charged Sok Sam Ean with forging a public document and incitement to commit a felony. He was arrested on November 19, 2015 after he had posted on Facebook a fake birth certificate belonging to a villager, insinuating that Svay Rieng is located in Vietnam.

Mu Sochua

Mu Sochua

CNRP Lawmaker

Mu Sochua was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. She was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Real Camerin

Real Camerin

CNRP Lawmaker

Real Camerin was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. He was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Long Ry

Long Ry

CNRP Lawmaker

Long Ry was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. He was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Men Sothavarin

Men Sothavarin

CNRP Lawmaker

Men Sothavarin was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. He was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Keo Phirum

Keo Phirum

CNRP Lawmaker

Keo Phirum was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. He was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Ho Vann

Ho Vann

CNRP Lawmaker

Ho Vann was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. He was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Nuth Rumduol

Nuth Rumduol

CNRP Lawmaker

Nuth Rumduol was freed from Prey Sar Prison on July 22, 2014, after the CPP and CNRP reached an agreement to end their political dispute. He was arrested for violence that took place at Freedom Park on July 15, 2014.

Sun Mala

Sun Mala

Member of the NGO Mother Nature

The Appellate Court on February 15, 2017 upheld the ruling of Koh Kong Provincial Court which sentenced him to 18 months in jail on the charges of threatening to cause destruction in accordance with Article 424 of the Criminal Code. Sun Mala was freed by the same court on July 1, 2016 after having served 10 months and 15 days in jail while the remaining of his jailed sentence period was suspended.

Try Sovikea

Try Sovikea

Member of the NGO Mother Nature

The Appellate Court on February 15, 2017 upheld the ruling of Koh Kong Provincial Court which sentenced him to 18 months in jail on the charges of threatening to cause destruction in accordance with Article 424 of the Criminal Code. Try Sovikea was freed by the same court on July 1, 2016 after having served 10 months and 15 days in jail while the remaining of his jailed sentence period was suspended.

Sim Somnang

Sim Somnang

Member of the NGO Mother Nature

The Appellate Court on February 15, 2017 upheld the ruling of Koh Kong Provincial Court which sentenced him to 18 months in jail on the charges of threatening to cause destruction in accordance with Article 424 of the Criminal Code. Sim Somnang was freed by the same court on July 1, 2016 after having served 10 months and 15 days in jail while the remaining of his jailed sentence period was suspended.

Ven Vorn

Ven Vorn

Representative of Areng Community

Koh Kong Provincial Court released Ven Vorn on bail on March 3, 2016 after sentencing him to a one-year suspended jail term on charge of collecting forest products without permission. Ven Vorn was arrested and sent to Koh Kong provincial prison on October 7, 2015 after he had bought some logs to build community houses in Areng.