giovedì 26 luglio 2012

Cambodia – Women human rights defenders released

Thirteen women human rights defenders from the Boeung Kak Lake community in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, were released from prison on 27 June. Cambodia’s Appeal Court suspended the remainder of their two-and-a-half year prison sentences, but upheld their convictions. Police used violence against other members of the community waiting outside the court for the verdict, causing some injuries.
On 24 May, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced the 13 human rights defenders to two and a half years in prison after a grossly unfair trial. Their arrest followed a peaceful demonstration protesting the destruction of homes and the forced eviction of thousands of families living around Boeung Kak Lake. They were prisoners of conscience.

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Object: Women human rights defenders released

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you as supporter of Amnesty International, the non governmental organization which since 1961 has been working in defense of human rights, wherever they are violated.
I welcome the release of the 13 Boeung Kak Lake human rights defenders.
I call for their convictions to be overturned, as they never should have been arrested in the first place.
I call for the charges against Ly Chanary and Sao Saroeun to be dropped.
I demand an immediate, independent investigation into the police violence which resulted in injuries to Boeung Kak Lake community members outside Cambodia’s Appeal Court on 27 June, and for those responsible to be held accountable.
Thank you for your attention.
(your name)



Salutation: Your Excellency
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Interior
Sar Kheng
# 75 Norodom Blvd.
Khan Chamkarmon
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 426 585

Salutation: Your Excellency
Governor of Phnom Penh Municipality
Kep Chuktema
# 69 Blvd. Preah Monivong
Khan Daun Penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 430 681

And copies to:

Minister of Foreign Affairs and
International Cooperation
Hor Nam Hong
No 3 Samdech Hun Sen Street
Sangkat Tonle Bassac
Khan Chamcar Mon
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Fax: + 855 23 216 141

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
CAMBOGIA (Regno di)
4, Rue Adolphe Yvon
75116 Parigi
Tel. 0033 145074720
Fax 0033 145034740

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