Cambodian Opposition Politicians
and Activists Behind Bars

Sam Sokha

Sam Sokha

CNRP supporter

The Kompong Speu provincial court sentenced CNRP supporter Sam Sokha in absentia on January 25, 2018, to two years in jail and a fine of 5 million riels on charges of insulting public officials and incitement to cause discrimination, in accordance with Articles 494, 496 and 502 of the Criminal Code. Sam Sokha, 38, had posted a video on April 1, 2017, of herself throwing a shoe against a ruling party’s billboard bearing photos of Prime Minister Hun Sen and National Assembly President Heng Samrin. In the video, Sam Sokha says, “These are the men who are destroying our nation.” Her video went viral on social media. Sam Sokha fled Cambodia to avoid imminent arrest and applied for political asylum in Thailand. The UNHCR granted her refugee status. Nevertheless, she was arrested and briefly detained by Thai authorities for overstaying her visa and on Feb 8, 2018 she was handed over to Cambodian authorities.

Ismail Pin Osman

Ismail Pin Osman

CNRP reserve lawmaker candidate

Authorities from Cambodia’s anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection departments took CNRP supporter Ismail Pin Osman into custody on Feb 7, 2018 after he returned to Cambodia from Thailand, where he had fled under pressure from authorities to defect to the ruling CPP. Authorities accused Ismail Pin Osman of human trafficking for allegedly sending ‘underage female workers’ overseas. Mr. Pin Osman had been a reserve candidate in Kompong Cham province for the CNRP during the 2013 national elections. He is now in pre-trial detention pending a court hearing on the merits of his case.

Ismail Pin Osman

Mr. Sann Ratha

Government critic and CNRP supporter

Government critic and CNRP supporter Mr. Sann Ratha was arrested by Kompong Cham provincial military police on February 8, 2018 without an arrest warrant. Authorities arrested him on suspicion of illegal use of drug. Mr. Sann Ratha, 30, is migrant worker in Thailand. A week prior to his arrest, he returned to Cambodia to get married in Poipet city, Banteay Meanchey province. He was arrested on his wedding date. Sann Ratha was an active Facebook user who frequently posted videos criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government for its ongoing crackdown on the CNRP, civil society and independent media. Mr. Sann Ratha is currently in police custody pending further investigation and an official charge from the court prosecutor.

Dim Kundy

Dim Kundy

Environmental activist

The Koh Kong Provincial Court sentenced environmental activist Dim Kundy on January 26, 2018 to a year of imprisonment and a fine of 1 million riel (US$250) over charges of inciting others to ‘commit crimes’ and violations of privacy. His sentence was suspended or waived seven months, leaving him with five months in jail, with credit for time served in pre-trial detention since September 12, 2017. A member of the now-disbanded NGO Mother Nature, Dim Kundy was arrested on September 12, 2017 while he and another of his colleagues, Hun Vannak, were taking photos of sand dredging operations along the Cambodian coast, carried out by a firm linked to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party senator and business tycoon Ly Yong Phat. He was released on February 13, 2018 after completing his jailed terms.

Hun Vannak

Hun Vannak

Environmental activist

The Koh Kong Provincial Court sentenced environmental activist Hun Vannak on January 26, 2018 to a year of imprisonment and a fine of 1 million riel (US$250) over charges of inciting others to ‘commit crimes’ and violations of privacy. His sentence was suspended or waived seven months, leaving him with five months in jail, with credit for time served in pre-trial detention since September 12, 2017. A member of the now-disbanded NGO Mother Nature, Hun Vannak was arrested on September 12, 2017 while he and another of his colleagues, Dim Kundy, were taking photos of sand dredging operations along the Cambodian coast, carried out by a firm linked to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party senator and business tycoon Ly Yong Phat. He was released on February 13, 2018 after completing his jailed terms.

Horn Sophanny

Ven. Horn Sophanny

Activist monk

The Battambang Provincial Court on December 19, 2017 sentenced activist monk the Ven. Horn Sophanny to two years in prison for incitement to ‘commit crimes’. Ven. Horn Sophanny was arrested and defrocked on June 21, 2017 following suspicion of ‘illegal’ possession of weapons after he had posted a photo of himself on social media posing with a toy gun. Ven. Horn Sophanny was a member of an activist group widely known as the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice, led by Ven. But Buntenh, who has also been in legal trouble and has taken refuge in the U.S..

Hin Van Sreypov

Hin Van Sreypov

Former member of the CNRP

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 11, 2018 sentenced Hin Van Sreypov, a former member of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), to a one-year jail term and a one million riel (US$249) in fine on a charge of incitement to commit ‘crimes’. Hin Van Sreypov, also known as Heng Leakhena, was arrested on July 12, 2017 at a local bus station after she had posted a video of herself commenting on her Facebook page accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering the murder of a widely known political commentator Mr. Kem Ley who was gunned down in broad daylight in Phnom Penh on July 10, 2016.

Yeang Sothearin

Uon Chhin

Former RFA reporter

Former RFA reporter Uon Chhin was arrested on November 14, 2017 in Phnom Penh on suspicion of producing news for a foreign state. On November 18, 2017, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court formally charged Uon Chhin with supplying a foreign state with information prejudicial to Cambodia’s national defense in accordance with Article 445 of the Criminal Code. He faces seven to fifteen years in prison. Uon Chhin is currently detained at Prey Sar prison, pending a court hearing on the merits of the case.

Yeang Sothearin

Yeang Sothearin

Former RFA reporter

Former RFA reporter Yeang Sothearin, also known as Yeang Sochea Metta, was arrested on November 14, 2017 in Phnom Penh on suspicion of producing news for a foreign state. On November 18, 2017, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court formally charged Yeang Sothearin with supplying a foreign state with information prejudicial to Cambodia’s national defense in accordance with Article 445 of the Criminal Code. He faces up to fifteen years in prison. Yeang Sothearin is currently detained at Prey Sar prison, pending a court hearing on the merits of the case.

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.

ChhunSithi

Mr. Chhun Sithi

CNRP councilor of Stung Kach commune, Pailin Province

The Pailin Provincial Court sentenced elected CNRP councilor Chhun Sithi on March 23, 2018 to one year in jail and fined him 8 million riels [about U.S. $2,000] on charges of incitement to disturb social security and insulting a public official. Police arrested Chhun Sithi on October 24, 2017, a day after he posted a video clip on social media 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 he was forced from 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.